✹ About Friday 15 May 1663 Terry Foreman on 23 Jul 2021 • Link "Strange were the effects of the late thunder and lightning about a week since at Northampton, coming with great rain, which caused extraordinary floods in a few hours, bearing away bridges, drowning horses, men, and cattle. Two men passing over a bridge on horseback, the arches before and behind them were borne away, and that left which they were upon: but, however, one of the horses fell over, and was drowned. Stacks of faggots carried as high as a steeple, and other dreadful things; which Sir Thomas Crew showed me letters to him about from Mr. Freemantle and others, that it is very true." L&M: The storm occurred on 6 May: both the west bridge and the south bridge were badly damaged. . . . The Crews' country house was near Brackley, Northanta. . . .