JANUARY 2021 MARKS THE 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORST BLIZZARD IN RECENT BRITISH HISTORY.
In mid January 1881 there was bitterly cold weather throughout Wales and southern England below the Humber. On the evening of Friday, January 14, temperatures reached minus 1° Fahrenheit (-18ºC) in South Bucks. During Saturday 15 to Monday 17 there were heavy frosts, and water froze. On Saturday, January 15 there were thousands of skaters on the London lakes. There were also skaters on the River Chess and Skottowes Pond in Chesham, on the Grand Union Canal and the Thames at Marlow.