The great storm of 1703 A.D. was one of the most destructive and chaotic storms caused by a cyclone which struck the Central and Southern parts of England and was dated to have occurred 26th November (today’s calendar is 7th of December).
The event started with high winds which caused 2,000 chimneys to collapse in London, the wind damaged the new forest which lost around 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown out of harbours to as many as 100 miles and over a 1,000 seaman died at Goodwin sands alone. This hit the news bulletins. The church of England declared the storm was an act of gods vengeance for the sins of the nation.