Wivenhoe Earthquake

In 1884 Wivenhoe was rocked and shaken by the Essex earthquake which was felt as far afield as Middlesex, London and Suffolk.

Summary by Pat Marsden

The rear of The Ship at Launch at the corner of Bath St and the Quay after the 1884 earthquake
Wivenhoe Memories Collection

At the East Anglian Film Archive there is some remarkable footage of ninety year old Mrs Jane Wadley of Wivenhoe, who was a thirteen year old school teacher when the earthquake struck. She recalls her reactions at the time and the fear of one old lady who thought that judgement day had come.The footage was shot by Anglia Television in 1961.

From the census and other information we know that  Jane Wadley was born Jane Edith Pullen in 1870, the daughter of Henry Peacock Pullen and Mary Layzell. Jane married Horace Robert Wadley in 1898.


This page was added on 05/02/2016.

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