The Weather Diary of Sir John Wittewronge, March 1686
Audio footage of extracts from Sir John's diary
Read by Geoff Cordingley
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Tuesday the 2nd instant made an end of soweing Peaze.
The 13th instant made an end of soweing white peaze & Oates & the 15 made an end of harrowing them.
The 28th made an end of soweing my barly.
The 21th instant several black cherry trees in Harding* were in blossom, as I saw going to church.
This March after the 1st weeke was very windy blustering weather.
The 30th instant I saw two swallowes together by the howse which were the first I have seen this spring.
1st A hard frost againe & bitter cold clear day W:E
8 A fine clear warm growing day W:SE&S
15 A pretty close dry fornoon, afternoon warm & clear W:SW
22 After a great rain from one a clock till 6 o[r] 7 in the morning a fair clear day with a brisk wind W:SW
29 A white frost a calm cool fair day W:SW
* Harding was an old name for Harpenden