Reared the roof of my new building.
On July 29 such vast rains fell about Iping, Bramshot, Haslemere, &c. that they tore vast holes in the turnpike-roads, covered several meadows with sand, & silt, blowed-up the heads of several ponds, carryed away part of the country-bridge at Iping, & the garden walls of the paper mill, & endangered the mill & house. A paper-mill near Haselmere was ruined, & many 100 ae damaage sustained. Much hay was sewpt away down the rivers, & some lives were lost. A post-boy was drowned near Haselmere, & an other as he was passing from Farnham to Alton: the Gent: in the chaise saved himself by swimming. These torrents were local; for at Lewes, which lies about the middle of the country of Sussex, they had a very wet time, but experienced none of these devastations.
The tortoise in Mrs Snooke’s garden went under ground Novr 21: came-out on the 30th for one day, & retired to the same hole lies in a wet border in mud & mire! with it’s back bare. In the late floods the water at Houghton ran over the clappers, & at Bramber into men’s ovens.