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The Blizzard of 1891
Fri 31 March 2017, 14:00 – 16:00 BST
Join Graham Naylor to discover a history of the ‘Blizzard in the West’ – an account of the disastrous storm which raged throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset on the night of 9 March 1891. This was one of the worst storms ever to hit the south-west peninsular. In hurricane force winds snow began falling in blizzards which covered the entire neighbourhood of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse. Trees were blown down, iron seats on the Hoe were blown from their fastenings and the railway service was suspended as lines became blocked. Villages and hamlets were entirely cut off – enormous drifts at Ashburton completely blocked the roads and at Truro the city was at a standstill for days. Come along to learn more about this fascinating freak weather event from contemporary news reports and accounts.