In order to understand our Overseers of the Poor records we would like to know what the weather was like in Dorset say 1770 – 1830.
In particular winter temperatures because these may be the cause of the expenditure on wood for the poor.
Also they may be part of the higher mortality in Jan – Mar when epidemics of fatal infectious diseases should have been lower?
One of our readers has found this site And we know of Gilbert White of Selbourne, Hants records.
There are plenty of records of grain prices which reflect summer rainfall – too much or too little, but these are confounded by the impact of the Napoleonic wars.
We would have thought that the monumental “The Agrarian History of England And Wales”, Joan Thirsk (Ed) would say something about weather records, but it is quiet on the subject.