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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


1900 Lightning at Lytham & Blackpool.

Newspaper reports from 1900. 



Blackpool was visited, on Sunday afternoon, a thunderstorm of short duration. The only damage reported is the practical wrecking of Holyrood, the residence of Mr. Tozer, ex-superintendent of the Manchester Fire Brigade, in Broadway.

Mr. Tozer had teen lying down in one of the bedrooms, and had but left the room a few minutes when a heavy thunderclap was followed by a flash of lightning. The chimney at the corner was struck, and came tumbling through the roof into the lobby below. The window was shattered.

Mr. and Miss Tozer, who were the only occupants of the house, were naturally alarmed, but as soon the accompanying noise had subsided they went upstairs, where a fire was raging the attics. The fire was soon put out by Mr. Tozer, with assistance from neighbours. It is surprising that no injury or loss of life resulted. The ruined bouse was visited by hundreds of holiday-makers.

 Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 07 August 1900 p.4


A labourer named Thomas Singleton, aged 45, employed the Lytham Urban Council, and living at 41, Trent-street, Lytham, was found dead in stable near his home at about 8.15 last night. He had been working in a garden, and is supposed to have taken shelter from a heavy thunder shower. The structure had a galvanised iron roof, and the doctor who was called in to examine the body said he had not the slightest doubt that the man had been struck lightning.

 Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 23 August 1900 p.4