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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday Regency: Frost Fair

I've written about the frost fair before, but now that I'm writing 2 books that take place during the winter of 1814 I wanted to post a few pictures. Because pictures are fun!

Here are the article highlights from The Daily Mail's article on it:
  • River Thames in London froze at least 23 times between 1309 and 1814, with first recorded frost fair in 1608
  • Period from mid-14th to 19th century in Europe is referred to as the 'Little Ice Age' due to severity of the climate
  • Unlicensed gambling, drinking and dancing were held at fairs, along with stalls, skittle alleys and fairground rides
  • Souvenirs and personalised keepsakes also available for a few pennies, with printers setting up printing presses

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