28th September 1793 - earthquake in Salisbury

On September 30th, 1793, The Times reported that a ‘confiderable agitation or concuffion of the earth’ had occurred in Salisbury two days previously. The earthquake was worse to the west of the city, with minor damage to houses in Fovant and Swallowcliffe.

The Times reported that:


On Saturday afternoon, immediately after four o’clock, a considerable agitation ro concuffion of the earth was very fenfibly felt by the inhabotants of this city, Close and neighbourhood, many of whom were much alarmed, and fome even quiited their houfes. The fhock apparently came from the Weft, where we undreftand that its effects were moft violent.

A chimney was thrown down at Swallowcliffe; and the cafement of a window was thrown out at the Lord’s Arms, at Fovant. At Hindon, all its effects were confiderable, as the bells in moft of the houfes were agitated. We know not how to account for this extraordinary phoenomenon. the afternoon was remarkably ferene, fcarcely any air was ftirring, and the wind nearly Eaft

Yefterday afternoon, about four o’clock, this place was violently fhook by an earthquake; its direction was from South-west, with a rumbling noife. The effects were very great on the houfes near the edge of the holl; its continuance about two feconds. The people in the ftreets could vifibly fee the buidings move, particularly projecting objects, fuch as lamp-irons, fign-pofts, &c[1]



“Salisbury, Sept. 30.” Times [London, England] 2 Oct. 1793: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 23 Jan. 2018. URL: http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=hamlib&tabID=T003&docPage=article&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm&docId=CS51384642&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0