Hatford Meteorite: England, *1628

Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Hatford is the earliest British fall for which I’ve been able to find any record. It fell near Oxford on a sunny day in April, about 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

There are two surviving accounts of the fall. The language is quite florid, and demonstrates the god-fearing nature of peasants at a time when anything not explainable was attributed to supernatural forces.

No material survives.

I’ve also used the references to try to trace a speculative flight path/strewnfield, and have included images.

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