“Winde … such as hath not been in memory before” (Samuel Pepys, 1662)

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On this day in 1662, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary:

“Having agreed with Sir Wm Pen and my wife to meet them at the Opera, and finding by my walking in the streets, which were everywhere full of brick battes and tyeles flung down by the extraordinary Winde the last night (such as hath not been in memory before, unless at the death of the late Protector [Oliver Cromwell]) that it was dangerous to go out of doors; and hearing how several persons have been killed by the fall of things in the streets and … that one Lady Sanderson, a person of Quality in Covent garden, was killed by the fall of the house in her bed last night, I sent my boy home to forbid them to go forth … ”.

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