Between March 9th and 13th, 1891, parts of England were hit by an extremely ferocious snowstorm. Snowdrifts as large as 15 feet buried trains and the passengers within them for days, ships were left stranded along the coast (such as the Bay of Panama, which was wrecked on the rocks of the Cornish coast, killing 23 people) and the telegraph system failed.
Cornwall, Devon and Somerset were the worst affected areas, as roofs collapsed under the weight of snow and many people were trapped. Many workers trying to restore railroad lines and telegraph poles froze to death in the extreme temperatures.
In all, some 6,000 animals and more than 200 people were killed across England during the four days of blizzard weather.
Location taken: England, United Kingdom
- 1891-03-09 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England and lasts until March 13; Kills 200 people and 6,000 animals