The northern hemisphere was in the grip of a ‘Little Ice Age’ from the 17th century and early 19th century. During this period, the tidal part of the River Thames in London completely froze over 24 times. On six occasions, the ice was thick enough for Londoners to set up tents and entertainments on the ice. The Frost Fair in 1814 was the last one Londoners experienced.
Credit: 1814 Frost Fair from the Old Father Thames Project. C-Type prints, 50in x 40in. Courtesy of the artist.