In 1895, the weather was so cold that Mrs Gibley of Saffron Walden used a hot brick to warm her bed. She was fortunate that her neighbour rescued her from the fire that resulted and burnt her home to the ground. The weather of this time meant that Saffron Walden was the host of a unique moonlit tobogganing festival. The violent storms across Essex due to the warm weather of 1923 caused lightning to split a massive tree from top to bottom that was on the grounds of the nurse's quarters at Saffron Walden General Hospital. In 1977, John Banks took a photo of a whirlwind near Saffron Walden. This is a highly unusual weather event, and although it travelled at about 30 mph, no real damage was done.


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