take two: A BIT BREEZY

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THINK the weather’s looking a bit grim this week?

It’s nothing compared to 140 years today when Sheffield was recovering from the worst gale in its history.

Some seven city folk died when high winds swept across the county on December 16 1873.

“Houses were unroofed, trees were torn up as if they were saplings, great chimney shafts pointing their way proudly 40 or 50 yards into our cloudy sky were toppled over like diminutive ninepins,” reported the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent. “From one end of the town to the other there is hardly a street that does not bear signs of injury, there is hardly a house which has escaped.”

Another 30 or 40 people were seriously injured during the storm which started around 4am.

“Very little damage seems to have been done till eight but from then till nearly 10 there was a constant succession of casualties and tidings of chimneys blown down, men killed, and roofs fallen in came fast and furious,” the newspaper continued. “Men were seen rushing here and there with bated breath for Death was stalking amongst them.”

Fatalities - all men and, bizarrely, all cutlers - were laid at The Dog and Partridge Inn, in Trippet Lane.

Not even the more famous Great Sheffield Hurricane killed so many people. Just four died in the more well-known destructive winds of February 1962.


NICE of the BBC to apparently forget the Steel City is in Yorkshire.

A Look North reporter presenting from outside Leeds Arena for the Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony on Sunday told viewers it was the first time the award had been held in the county. Only true if you don’t include 2009 when it was hosted at Sheffield Arena.