Friday, December 21, 2012

Elizabethan Fact of the Day: Ice Skating on the Thames

"Frost Fair on the Thames", from The Elizabethan People, Henry Thew Stephenson. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.

In the winter of 1564, the River Thames became frozen solid. The people of Elizabethan London took advantage of this rare, exciting occurrence and ice skated across the river.

"River Thames with the Docks from Woolwich to the Tower", from A Dictionary Practical, Theoretical, and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation by J.R. M'Culloch, 1882. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.


  1. A lovely thought, that. One couldst almost imagine the freshest air replacing the River Thames usual odiferous state, the crisp sound of silver blade against glittering ice, and the most irregular view from the river itself, glistening in the afternoon sunshine. Ahhh. Many thanks for such a candid perspective. Now I must needs go shovel the three and twenty feet of snow the hated snow-plows left at the very foot of my driveway! God's Bones!

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