Next Time, Try Unleaded Instead

In 1755 Henry Hall, aged 94 years, who was the oldest-known member of the Hall Family of Lighthouse Keepers that kept lights around the English and Welsh coasts, lost his life due to ingestion of a melted lead. It all started when the lamp he lit caught the roof on fire. Soon the whole of Rudyard’s Tower was engulfed in flames. He tried putting the fire out but eventually was forced to retreat down the tower. As he looked up molten lead fell directly into his throat, causing his death.

That piece of lead is now retained in the collections of the National Museums of Scotland.


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