In doing my family history research I have searched through hundreds of parish registers.
I always note certain things that I think are interesting, even if they don’t have anything to do with my own ancestors.
Much of my research is in Buckinghamshire, UK and so I noticed this in the Parish Register for St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
“Upon the 11th of December in this yeare 1658: beinge Saterday a lecture beinge constantly keept: there hapned to fall in the time of sermon a greate stone which wayed about three or four score pounds: and there was then present in their seats neere an hundred scoolers: which stone did breake to of thier heads and part of the gallery where they sate: soe through providence of god there was none other hurt done: I pray god wee may all eye his mercies in this and others of his deliverances. Thomas Daney and Robert Bryan were the: 2 scoolers which were hurte”.
I find this fascinating. As the two that were hurt (were they killed, we don’t seem to know) were sitting in the gallery, this is higher up in the church. So the “greate stone” must have come through the roof of the church. What was it? Perhaps a meteor? In those days would they know of meteors? If they did not, imagine all the things they must have suggested it might be when they discussed it. How did they shift it and what did they do with it? A real mystery!!