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Help dating photograph of frozen Thames

Postby jpalmer74 » Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:51 pm


Can anyone help to date this photo? It shows Cleopatra's Needle and a very icy looking river Thames. When enlarged there appear to be horse drawn carriages in the background and some people can be seen walking along the embankment, so their clothing may help, but I don't know where to start!

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Frozen River Thames
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Help dating photograph of frozen Thames

Postby brunes08 » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:37 pm

Cleopatra's Needle was placed on its current spot in 1878 so that should give you a starting point.
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Re: Help dating photograph of frozen Thames

Postby coopernicola » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:29 am

According to Mereil Jeater, curator of the Museum of London, the Thames has not frozen completely since 1831. The design of the new London Bridge did not enable ice to build up as the old one did. There was however a severe winter in 1895 with temperatures down to -20 degrees Centigrade
From a Daily Mail article found via Google.
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Re: Help dating photograph of frozen Thames

Postby Gene-al » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:58 pm

If you haven't sorted this query yet, I notice the Bucks FHS at Bletchley on Dec 2nd @ 19.15 has a talk on [i]1000 years of winters on the Thames. The presenter is Ian Currie so if not local, perhaps you could contact him via Bucks FHS via
From the web site:
"The last London Frost fair was in 1814, and 2014 was the 200th anniversary of this epic occasion. In spite of the severe winters of 1895, 1947 and 1963 it has never frozen here again. This illustrated talk will relive the Frosts fairs of the "little ice age" describing all the "sports and diversions" on the ice and the people who made it possible. It will also illustrate activities on the ice further upstream in some harsh winters since 1814 and the talk ends by giving reasons why the Thames in London does not ice over now".
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