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1881: Unusual visitation at Whiteman's Green

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Wednesday 25 May 1881

CUCKFIELD.

Unusual Visitation


The neighbourhood of Whiteman’s Green was considerably alarmed between one and two o’clock on Saturday with the appearance of a swarm of locusts, which settled thickly, and remained during the day, on the hedge of the garden in the occupation of Mr. Simmonds.


A swarm of locusts (photograph courtesy of New York Times, wikimedia Commons) c2020

Every means were tried to scout the obnoxious visitors, and at last resource to fire was tried; from the effects of smoke and other remedies, the disagreeable insects happily disappeared for a more seasonable climate on Sunday.

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