Appley Bridge meteorite

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Appley Bridge meteorite
Type Ordinary chondrite LL6
Country England
Region Appley Bridge, Lancashire
Observed fall Yes
Fall date 13 October 1914
TKW 33 pounds (15 kg)

The Appley Bridge meteorite is a meteorite that hit ground at Halliwell Farm in Appley Bridge, Lancashire, England at around 8.45 on the evening of Tuesday 13 October 1914.[1][2]

After the local residents were treated to a sudden and spectacular illumination of the night sky, the meteorite was subsequently found in a farmer's field in the village the following day. Found just 18 inches (460 mm) below the surface of the field, with the appearance of burnt iron the small rock weighed almost 33 pounds (15 kg).

An article in the Scientific News (No. 2588, 30 October 1914) stated "a small fragment which had been detached from the larger mass was put on view in a shop-window at Appley Bridge."[3]

A collection letters, memoranda and news-cuttings pertaining to the meteorite is held by the Natural History Museum Archives in London.[4] In 2011 a tiny fragment of the meteorite was sold by auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh. The lot, a fragment mounted in a one-inch plastic gem case and weighing less than an ounce, was described as: "Cut sections reveal an extremely fresh light coloured ‘mottled’ matrix with veining and golden sulphide inclusions." It was expected to sell for £250.[5]

In September 2014 a book about the meteorite, by local author Russell Parry, was published[6]


  1. ^ "Meteoritical Bulletin: Entry for Appley Bridge". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ Matthew Smith. "British and Irish Meteorite Society". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ James Ripley's draper's shop.
  4. ^ "Appley Bridge meteorite, England: letters, memoranda and newscuttings". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  5. ^ men Administrator (17 August 2011). "Meteorite came from outer space ... and crash-landed near Wigan". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Parry, R. (2014), The Appley Bridge Meteorite, Advanced Food Safety Limited, ISBN 978-0954953126
 7.  Williams,P (2014), "The Appley Bridge Meteorite Fall" Liverpool Astronomical Society Monthly Newsletter, December 2014.

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