Tuesday, July 25, 2006

1274 meteorite strike?

Frank Meeres' History of Norwich quotes the seventeenth century Norfolk antiquary, John Kirkpatrick, as saying that in 1274

on St Nicholas' Eve were great earthquakes, lightning and thunder, with a huge dragon and a blazing star.

I've been having a wee scan around the net and found this reference:

1274 AD: Earthquake again felt throughout England; Glastonbury destroyed.

This reference seems to be from a local inscription that saying Glastonbury church was destroyed in an earthquake, and some sources give 1275 as the year, so I don't know if they're referring to the same event.

But what if they are? Glastonbury is at least 150 miles from Norwich. It's not exactly Chicxulub, but pretty scary nonetheless.


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