Dastardly attack on Snettisham

DETONATOR CAP OF A BOMB DROPPED by a Zeppelin on Hunstanton on January 19, 1915 ANL-140819-165706001
DETONATOR CAP OF A BOMB DROPPED by a Zeppelin on Hunstanton on January 19, 1915 ANL-140819-165706001
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Snettisham was very excited on Tuesday night when a German Zeppelin was heard in the direction of Heacham.

About 10.45pm it was sighted, in spite of the darkness of the night, near the old Grammar school and appeared to be leaving the village and travelling to the left of the church towards Inmere.

Here, however, it hovered over the premises of Mr Sherringham and then returned towards the village.

When it reached the church it circled the place of worship twice before dropping a bomb which was followed by a terrific explosion which shook the whole village.

By this time the population knew too well that it was a dastardly attack by the Germans.

After some minutes during which time their searchlight was seen, the Zeppelin disappeared in the direction of Lynn, the noise of its engine being distinctly heard for some time. On investigation it was found that no lives had been lost.

The bomb dropped into Mr Coleridge’s meadow about 4 yards from the road leading by the church and made a huge hole in the ground.

The church appears to have suffered considerable damage.

The windows on the south of the building are nearly all broken. One window in the vestry was completely blown in but fortunately the organ close by escaped.

At present no damage to the walls has been detected.

Some of the windows in the houses of Mr E Lambert and Mr Coleridge were also shattered at a distance of nearly 100 yards from where the bomb exploded.

On Wednesday the place was visited by crowds of people, in motor-cars, carts etc.