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Cecil Victor Shadbolt
Stamford Hill [England]
1882, 29 May
Dominic Winter Book Auctions
Shadbolt’s notes of the day record:
1st Ascent: 29th May 1882 (Whit Monday), Balloon ‘Reliance’ from Alexandra Palace.
Started at 4pm. Descended at 5.30. Duration of voyage 1hr 30 mins. Distance travelled 14 miles. Miles per hour 9 1/3. Highest altitude 5,000ft.
Place of descent Ilford. 5min walk from station. Remarks: Weather fine and bright, but clouds were high so did not get above them.
At 5000 ft noticed that although we were in shadow the sun was shining on the earth below. Obtained very successful photograph of Stamford Hill district at altitude of 2000 ft and several others not so good.
Came down in a field of green corn and experienced very rough treatment at the hands of the crowds who tore the balloon and Barker’s coat in addition.