Saturday, 16 January 2016
Mini History Blogs: The Frozen Thames
It's cold and frosty in my part of the country this morning, looking out of my window I can see the trees and roof tops are crisp with a coating of frost and the puddles on the road have a thin covering of ice.
I should not complain though, in the winter of 1677 it was so cold in London that the mighty river Thames froze almost completely. In the 17th century there were no man made embankments, so the river flowed slower and therefore froze quicker.
That year the Thames froze so badly that the cities Frost Fair took place on the river itself. In 1814 it was so cold that an elephant was taken out on the ice.