Whilst researching Dr Harold Whichello (click on ‘Dr Whichello’ to be directed to this section of the Website), it came to light that our village doctor was called to the scene of a quite horrific incident involving two of the sons of John Cooke of Tattenhall Hall.
According to the 1891 Census, Tattenhall Hall was occupied by ‘John Cooke’, a Farmer, Miller and Milk Dealer and his 7 children – Thomas, John, George, Percy, Robert, Elizabeth and Gertrude. John was a widower, his wife Mary having died in 1889.
By the end of that decade, however, two of his sons (Thomas Richard Cooke aged 26 and George Randle Cooke aged 22) were to be struck by lightning during a ‘terrific thunderstorm, accompanied by vivid flashes of lightning and a downfall of phenomenally large hailstones’. They had been riding home in an open trap from Beeston. The local newspaper report is shown below (click on the text to read the full article).