THE good old days certainly weren’t that in terms of weather.
We’re used to dire warnings of warm Christmases, stormy summers and wet seasons playing havoc with our lifestyle.
However, a diary kept by 18th century Mirfield vicar the Rev J Ismay sheds a remarkable light on how our weather affected us in the past. He wrote:
l 1736: “An apple tree near the vicarage produced ripe fruit at five different times this year, was in blossom on Christmas Day and a red rose full blown in the hedge by it”
l 1748: “Locusts in Mirfield and other parts of this Kingdom.”
l July 14th 1762: “Hailstones were as large as pigeon’s eggs, measuring three or four inches by which great damage was done to corn, fruit and windows.”
The diary acts as a record of curious events in the country, from a woman aged 106 who could see to thread a needle to strange lights over the skies of Colchester.
The diary forms part of the Mirfield Parish records, cared for by the West Yorkshire Archives on behalf of the Mirfield Team Parish.
More than just a diary, the secrets of the vicar’s writings will be explored as part of the Archive Service’s My Favourite Document series, a set of monthly talks where archive experts pick their favourite item from the millions of unique records held in the Archives.
The talk takes place at 1pm on Friday at West Yorkshire Archives Service, Wakefield, in the historic Registry of Deeds.
Places are strictly limited and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 01924 305980 or in person at the Archive Service reception.