This is a full-size copy of a watercolour by Charles Whymper (1852-1941) - even if I have included it among the photographs! It shows skaters (some of them with bandy sticks, used for playing ice hockey) on the river during the great freeze-up of December and January 1890-1. The woman in the left foreground is probably selling hot potatoes or chestnuts. The chapel on the bridge still has the extra two storeys added in the 1700s. The spire of the parish church can be seen to its left. The Jacobean House (sometimes called the Manor House) is to the right of the bridge. The dark smoky atmosphere is caused by all the stoves and open fires, the only way of heating houses in those days. Reproduced by kind permission of the Norris Museum, from where copies of this (and other interesting prints) may be bought (tel 01480-497314).


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