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5 weather diarists of the East Midlands

Following a visit to Nottingham Archives last week I thought I would share some prominent weather diarists of the East Midlands with you…

1) Thomas Barker of Lyndon Hall, Rutland

Barker recorded his first rainfall measurements at the age of 17 in 1736. His subsequent records for his home at Lyndon Hall, Rutland are highly regarded, and he is considered to be one of the first scientific weather observers, taking almost daily readings of temperature and rainfall until almost the end of the century. He was in good company, marrying the daughter of Gilbert White the famous naturalist.

2) Hayman Rooke of Mansfield Woodhouse

After a military career, Major Rooke retired to Mansfield Woodhouse and became an antiquary and pioneer archaeologist in Nottinghamshire. Rooke’s weather observations cover the period 1785-1805. The major oak was named in his honour owing to his love of Sherwood Forest.

3) Colonel Henry Mellish of Hodsock Priory, Notts

Mellish was President of the Royal Meteorological Society and recorded temperature and rainfall between 1876 and 1900. His extensive meteorological library is now held by the University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections.

4) Mr J. Hunter of Belper

John Hunter of Belper was a member of the Urban District Council who recorded his observatiosn of temperature and rainfall between 1876-1926. The summarises are held in Derbyshire Record Office.

5) Mr Thomas Edge of Strelley Hall, Nottinghamshire

Thomas Edge recorded sunshine between 1882-1916.

These five men are just a selection of the people who have kept weather records in the East Midlands. Increasingly in the twentieth century organisations and institutions have taken over the recording role from dedicated individuals. I hope to be able to map both shortly!

 
 

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