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A Wonderful Fair or a Fair of Wonders. A new and true illustration of and Description of the Several things Acted and Done on the River of Thames, in the time of the terrible frost, December 1684

A Wonderful Fair or a Fair of Wonders. A new and true illustration of and Description of the Several things Acted and Done on the River of Thames, in the time of the terrible frost, December 1684

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1685

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVII

Item number: number 38-2.

Genre: Topographical Print

During the 17th and 18th centuries the River Thames periodically froze over, leaving the surface was solid enough to walk on. Impromptu celebrations known as Frost Fairs were held on the river. From December 1683 to February 1684 there was "a mighty frost" and the fair stalls covered the river from Temple to Southwark. As shown in the print there were many diversions - an avenue of booths, skating, sledging, football and a roasting ox. In this particular year King Charles II and his family paid the revellers a visit.

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