FROST FAIRS ON THE FROZEN THAMES

5 fairs held between 1621 -1814

Frost fairs were depicted by artists showing the new invention of roundabouts and musical and theatrical performances staged on the ice. Coffee houses, taverns, a bonfire to roast an ox and a variety of Christmas foods were on offer. This lecture gives a glimpse of the most dramatic events witnessed by our ancestors.


Nicholas Reed is an historian and archaeologist and was Lecturer Representative on The Arts Society Advisory Council in 2005. He is author of ‘Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thanes’, ‘Impressionists in England’ and ‘My Father, the Man who Never Was’.