August 1st (1809)

A violent thunder storm, accompanied with rain and hail, took place at Alnwick; the electric fluid entered the house of Major Castles, and shivered a bed-stead to pieces, tore the wall in several places, and completely demolished the bell wires; a servant maid was in the bedroom, but escaped unhurt; it left such a sulphureous smell in the house that they could scarcely breathe in it for some time.

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