Leeds Mercury Saturday 12th January 1839
On Monday last this most fashionable watering place was visited by the most destructive storm ever remembered by the oldest inhabitant. About two o’clock in the morning the wind being at that time in the south-west commenced blowing a perfect hurricane and continued up to noon.
The churches of high and low Harrogate, the Methodist Chapel and the three promenade room have all suffered amidst the general devastation.
A very valuable telescope was blown from the top of the observatory, and has not yet been found.