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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th January 1883 Betram Home Ramsay, Dunkirk Naval Strategist, was born in London.
20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.
20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.
20th January 1265 First English Parliament summoned by non-royal command (The Earl of Leicester) met in Westminster Hall.
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.