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The Wold Cottage (L6) meteorite fell in England, on the 13th December, 1795.
A total mass of 25 kg was recovered.

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Now a tranquil pretty haven on the B1249, Wold Newton was once the centre of a riot. In 1824 Daniel and Peter Simpson and Thomas Rickaby were charged with unlawful assembly.
It has another claim to fame - in the 18th century villagers witnessed the fall of a meteorite - the first recorded of such an incident and the second largest space rock ever found in Britain. It was during a thunderstorm on December 13 1795 that the meteorite, weighing 25 kilograms, crashed to earth.

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A meteorite has returned to an East Riding village - more than 200 years after it landed.
As previously reported in the Mail, a piece of the second-biggest meteorite to have fallen in England landed near Wold Cottage in Wold Newton, near Driffield, in 1795.
The space rock was broken up and exhibited around the world.

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Its latest journey will not end with a violent crash landing as happened more than 200 years ago. Yet for those behind the meteorite's return to East Yorkshire, the space rock's arrival is no less significant. Part of the second biggest meteorite to hit England is this week heading back to Wold Cottage, in Wold Newton, near Driffield - where it originally landed in 1795.

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On December 13th, 1795 a huge 56 pound meteorite, the second largest recorded in England, landed two fields from The Wold Cottage, at the time the home of a magistrate named Mr Edward Topham. Fortunately, the meteorite's passage and impact were observed and the statements of witnesses were taken on oath by Mr Topham. The loud explosion "alarmed the surrounding country and created so distinctly the sensation that something very singular had happened".

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The Wold Cottage meteorite (also called the Wold Newton meteorite) fell at 3 p.m. on December 13, 1795 a few miles away from the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England.
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