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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
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.