It’s About Time: Frost Fair on the Thames in London – 1683-84

When the ice on the Thames at London was thick enough in 1683-84, a frost fair was held.  In 1683-84, pedestrians, sleds, & coaches could cross the Thames on the ice for 7 weeks.  It was reported that “whole streets of Booths” sprung up which thousands of Londoners visited.

Frost fairs were already common elsewhere in northern Europe, such as the Netherlands.   During London’s Great Frost of 1683–84, the Thames was completely frozen for 2 months, with the ice reaching a thickness of 11″ at the site of the city.  When the ice was thick enough…

Source: It’s About Time: Frost Fair on the Thames in London – 1683-84.

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