During the blizzard weather conditions of January 1881, the village of Harlow was severely affected. The weather caused eight carts to be entirely buried by snow, and a pub at Netteswell Cross was left with only the gable of the roof poking out of the snow. In 1987 Britain's weather caused one of the worst storms on record, and in Old Harlow, Mrs Shipton had a remarkable stroke of luck. As a result of a broken foot, she decided to sleep downstairs in her house. During the night, a tree was blown over and landed right in the bedroom where she would normally have slept. She claimed that a 'lucky break' had allowed her to escape the weather's wrath.

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