The Frost Fairs of River Thames

Between the 13th and the 19th centuries, the northern hemisphere used to be within the grip of a “Little Ice Age”. Temperatures dropped international as summers was chilly and rainy whilst winters was less warm, lengthy and vicious.

Within the Swiss Alps encroaching glaciers destroyed farmlands and villages. Canals and rivers in Nice Britain and the Netherlands iced over up regularly hampering navigation. Greenland used to be in large part bring to a halt through sea ice for 300 years. With failing plants, many Norse colonies in Greenland starved to demise and disappeared.

Whilst famine and demise was not unusual throughout Europe, other folks additionally began making the most of the chilly climate. Frozen ponds and rivers was impromptu ice skating rinks, and out of doors iciness sports activities was standard interest actions.

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A Frost Truthful at the River Thames within the iciness of 1683-84, through Thomas Wyke.

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