Lightning Damage to Chapel, 1850

THUNDER STORM – In Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, on Thursday, there was a violent storm. . . . a chapel at Ullenhall, near Henley-in-Arden has been very considerably damaged. The electric current struck the cupola, passed through the belfry, entered the nave, tore down the ceiling, tore the East window, shattering it in, and carryed the Communion table into the middle of the church. . . .” [Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette 1/8/1850]

This resulted in repairs having to be made to the chapel. The cost of these repairs are noted in St. Mark’s Charity Account Book [CR2044/7]. George Coppage was paid £2 10s 1d for repairs to chapel caused by lightning, and Mr. J.B. Harper was paid £18 13s 10d for repairing the chapel turret (damaged by lighting) and fixing the clock.