Richard Kindersley

Behold the liquid Thames frozen ‘ore

Location: Under Southwark Bridge (southside)

Artist: Richard Kindersley

Country of origin: UK

Local Southwark sculptor, Richard Kindersley has created a Frost Fair inspired engraved frieze, across five
Westmoreland slate panels, depicting activities that took place on the frozen Thames. The frieze contains an inscription that is based on a souvenir handbill printed on the Thames during the frost fair of 1814
and reads (two lines per slab):

Behold the Liquid Thames frozen o’re,
That lately Ships of mighty Burthen bore,
The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats,
Make use of Booths to get their Pence & Groats,
Here you may see beef roasted on the spit,
And for your money you may taste a bit,
There you may print your name, tho cannot write,
Cause num’d with cold: tis done with great delight,
And lay it by that ages yet to come,
May see what things upon the ice were done.

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