I’ve just added another little piece of period data to the sidebar, which you’ll see on all diary entries from 11 November 1668 onwards: A brief description of the day’s weather, taken from John Gadbury’s London Weather Diary. That particular day, for example, was described as “Great winds and rain at night”.

These descriptions are taken from Keith J Tinkler’s formidable Daily Weather page which has lots more historical data on it.

Unfortunately Gadbury only began his diary a little while before Pepys finished his, but it should add some colour to the remaining months.



12 Nov 2011, 8:02 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Phil, Great get! A fine addition to "Also on this day". As you say, 'tis a shame John Gadbury’s London Diary only began six months before SP ended his; but how could Gadbury have known?!

11 Nov 2021, 10:55 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

For more about the colorful John Gadbury (1627–1704), see: https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/gadbury-john-1627-1704 https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Gadbury,_John_(DNB00) https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/john-gadbury Yes, even he is buried in St. Margaret's, Westminster.

11 Nov 2021, 11:02 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

Keith J Tinkler's weather page sadly seems to have disappeared. He is an historical meteorologist, and if you Google his name you'll find all sorts of fascinating things ... but his observations on 1660's weather seems to have vanished. But I may be looking in the wrong place???