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Record-breaking Victorian weather

The intriguing title spotted when a member checked out the day's weather recently. Following the Met Office archives links to view the historic rainfall data for many parts of the UK and, at a local level, was data for Welling, Bexleyheath, Kent, in many of the years of Queen Victoria's reign.

In 1861, these were collected by Henry Septimus Hyde Wollaston Esq who measured the rainfall totals at 9 am each day and submitted them to the Met Office. He was, of course, one of many volunteer weather observatory across the UK.

The transcribed electoral roll for 1861 suggests this was Henry Septimus Hyde Wollaston. Is he on your family tree?

If you had ancestors who contributed to this database that gives evidence for climate change studies why not share your research with other members in the NWKFHS Journal?


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