Tag Archives: Frost Fairs

The Danger of a Frost Fair Thaw

Christmas History 37.  In the last Christmas History article we looked at the final ever frost fair on the River Thames, in February 1814.  But what happened when a frost fair came to an end because the river was starting … Continue reading

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The Last Frost Fair

Christmas History 36.  Between the 15th and 19th Centuries the River Thames in London froze over more than 20 times, often leading to celebrations on the ice known as “frost fairs”.  The last time this ever happened was the year … Continue reading

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The Winteryest Winter (Snippets 6)

Between 1608 and 1814 London played host to the great “frost fairs”, on occasions when the winters were sufficiently cold for the Thames to freeze over.  The most famous and long-lasting of these was during the winter of 1683-4, widely … Continue reading

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