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The way we were: Heatwaves

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   August 2015

7th May 1976: Two London policemen take the weight off their feet during the May heatwave. © Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images

Dorothy Wordsworth, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, writes in her journal on 26th July 1800:

“Still hotter. I sat with William in the orchard all the morning and made my shoes. In the afternoon, from excessive heat, I was ill with a headache and toothache and…

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