Lightning bolt strikes church in Cornwall
IN 1638, the church tower of
St Pancras's, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, was struck by lightning. Four
worshippers were killed, and the building was severely damaged.
Within a week, a pamphlet had been published in London, describing
the "most strange and lamentable accidents" as evidence of "God's
visible judgements, and terrible remonstrances"; within 20 years,
the incident was being cited in a pamphlet addressed to Oliver
Cromwell attacking steeples as ...
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