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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th July 1993 S van Ruysdael's Winter Landscape sold for 705,500 in London

16th July 1985 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent

16th July 1939 Born today: Corin Redgrave, London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons)

16th July 1924 Conference over German recovery payments begins in London

16th July 1877 Spencer Gore wins the first ever Wimbledon tennis tournament - after 3 days rain delay.go to related location

16th July 1377 The Coronation of Richard II in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

The Frost Fair on the Thames



The Frost Fair on the Thames

This is where an elephant walked across the iced up Thames.

Location: Blackfriars Bridge, London

Description: The last London frost fair took place in 1814 on the 1st February, and lasted four days.

The fair features shops, stalls, games, bear baiting and fairs.

The most remarkable event was the first and last time that an elephant was led across the iced up river below Blackfriars Bridge!

This was to be the last frost fair. The climate was growing milder; also, old London Bridge was demolished in 1831, and the river was embanked in stages during the 19th century, both of which made the river less likely to freeze.


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The Frost Fair on the Thames

This is where an elephant walked across the iced up Thames.


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