The Freezing of the River Thames – January 1814

Posted on January 15th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Historical newspaper reports describing the big freeze in London in the winter of 1814

With the predicted snow and ice all set to turn much of the UK into a ‘retreat from Moscow’ landscape, we thought we’d post some old newspaper stories about the freezing of the River Thames, back in January 1814.

There are certainly some striking and surreal images in these stories – not least of which is the poor pig, stuck on an ice floe and drifting down the river…

There are dozens of fascinating stories about the big freeze of January 1814. To find these stories, just do a search for ‘ice’, and then choose January 1814 and London from the ‘date’ and ‘region’ filtering options.

newspaper story about the thames freezing in 1814

Morning Post – Saturday 22 January 1814

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18140122/004/0002

newspaper story about the thames freezing in 1814

Cheltenham Chronicle – Thursday 20 January 1814

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newspaper story about the thames freezing in 1814

Sussex Advertiser – Monday 17 January 1814

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newspaper story about the thames freezing in 1814

Hull Packet – Tuesday 18 January 1814

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newspaper story about the thames freezing in 1814

Morning Post – Saturday 22 January 1814

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18140122/004/0002

  • http://www.gen.cam.ac.uk Christine Alexander

    On 24 Jan 1814 – exactly 199 years ago today – the Morning Chronicle published a letter suggesting snow be piled up by the sewers and then heated up to try to prevent the runoff causing floods. Elsewhere it prints the suggestion that snow is gathered into large piles, so that it melts more slowly, again to alleviate flood damage. Did the press not report today [24 Jan 2013] that the Met Office recommended we build snowmen for the same reason?

    • BNA

      Hi Chrisine, wow, what a brillaint idea! So I guess we should be building snowmen near drains, etc. Regards, Grant.

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