Tuesday, 3 February 2009
From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London.
Unfortunately it doesn't seem that would happen this time, the snow is melting already, transport is back to normal and people are back to their offices. I had to go to Southbank and walked under Southwark bridge were there is this frieze with the account of one of those frozen winters.
"Behold the Liquid Thames frozen o’re, That lately Ships of mighty Burthen bore The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats Make use of Booths to get their Pence & Groats Here you may see beef roasted on the spit And for your money you may taste a bit There you may print your name, tho cannot write Cause num'd with cold: tis done with great delight And lay it by that ages yet to come May see what things upon the ice were done"