Image from page 329 of "Old and new London : a narrative of its history, its people, and its places" (1873)
Authors: Thornbury, Walter, 1828-1876
Publisher: London : Cassell, Petter, & Galpin
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alence of a hard 112 OLD AND NEW LONDON. iThe Thames. frost, we read of diversions on the Thames, someplaying at football, and others shooting atmarks. The courtiers from the palace at White-hall mixed with the citizens, and tradition reportsthat Queen Elizabeth herself walked upon the ice.On the night of the 3rd of January following,however, it began to thaw, and on the 5th therewas no ice to be seen on the river. In 1620a great frost enabled the Londoners to carry onall manner of sports and trades upon the river. wonder of this present age and a great consterna-tion to all the spectators. The rude cut beneaththe title shows the Middlesex shore, taken fromthe centre of the river, from Arundel House tothe eastern end of the Temple; giving a view ofEssex Buildings with its ugly roundheaded arch,and the three groups of stairs belonging to ArundelHouse, Essex House, and the Temple. The streetof booths holds out all sorts of signs, just like thehouses in the Strand. There are men and boys
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•ROST FAIR ON THE THAMES IN 1683. In a curious volume of London ballads andbroadsides in the British Museum is one entitled* Great Britains Wonder, or Londons Admiration,being a true representation ot a prodigious frostwhich began about the beginning of December,1683, and continued till the fourth day of Februaryfollowing. It held on the Thames with suchviolence that men and beasts, coaches and carts,went as frequently thereon as boats were wont topass before. There was also (continues thewriter) a street of booths built from the Templeto Southwark, where were sold all sorts of goodsimaginable, namely, cloaths, plate, earthenware,meat, drink, brandy, tobacco, and a hundred sortsof comjnodities not here inserted : it being the making slides, skating, and sledging in all direc-tions ; some of the sledges are of the ordinarytype, like the low brewers dray drawn by heavyhorses; some are more artistic, made up likegondolas; some are apparently genuine boats, withsails; in two places are
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