The earthquakes that rocked Georgian London

Houses collapsed, sheep ran wild, Westminster Abbey shook and the people trembled in fear of armageddon. Andrew Robinson describes what happened when a series of earthquakes struck London in 1750...

Londoners flee the city during the earthquake panic of April 1750. The poem underneath criticises those who would run away. (Photo by Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Just after 12.30pm on 8 February 1750, Britain’s lord chancellor was sitting in Westminster Hall with the Courts of King’s Bench and Chancery when the room began to shake. For a moment everyone thought the great edifice was going to collapse on their heads.

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