The Weather Diary of Sir John Wittewronge, November 1686
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Read by Geoff Cordingley
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The 1st of Novemb(er): instant Rackt# off the Anckor* of english wine & put it up again with 8 pounds of shuger
The 10th of this month transplanted the fine tall maple that stood by the little Dell of wood to another place in Sawpit green: & the same day beinge Wednesday Came from London an Hogshead of Clarrett.
The french marigolds, & Affricanes lasted in flower from the latter end of July till the beginning of November: & there were some Pincks in flower the last of Novemb: & 2 or 3 gilly flowers.
The weather glass fell from ten at night friday the 20th till Satterday morning ten a clock full 6 degrees
viz from 2 deg; above rain to 4 deg: belowe rain
On Monday the 22th 10 at night it stood just at much rain & on Tuesday at 10 a clock at night it rose above 8 degrees & stood 3 degrees above rain
This was an exceeding calm warm November as comes in many years
Decemb: 2nd the weather glass stood above fair: & continued between fair & changeable till the 13th in the morning
1 A fair dry day & indifferent clear & calm W:NE
8 A cloudy warm & dry day W:W
15 A fair dry day, & indifferent clear W:W
22 A sad rainy day, brisk bloustring wind W:E
29 Close morn afterwards a cleare fine warm day W:W
# Racht: to rack is to draw liquid from the dregs (lees) or sediment of wine.
* Anker: A liquid measure of about 10 gallons, used for wine, cider and spirits.