Londina Illustrata. Graphic and Historical Memorials of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Schools, Charitable Foundations, Palaces, Halls, Courts, Processions, Places of Early Amusement, and Modern Present Theatres, in the Cities and Suburbs of London and Westminster, Volume 1

Wilkinson, Robert


Prints, Printed Papers, and Tracts, of the Frost Fair of 1683-84.


A Wonderfull Fair, or a Fair of Wonders. , —Large whole-sheet Print; the upper part engraven on copper-plate, with the above title over it; the lower a long poetical description of about lines, in letter-press in columns. The view is taken from the south edge of the river looking up to Essexbuildings and the Temple-gardens, hall, church, &c., which form the opposite back ground. Under each group of figures is added in words the action which they are intended to represent. The whole of the engraving is somewhat in the style of Michael Burghers, though considerably inferior.— Vol. xxvii.—. . Slightly Imperfect.

REPRESENTATION ICE THAMES LONDON, CHARLES —Whole-sheet copper-plate, looking horizontally from the and to . Title in an oval Cartouche at the top of the view, within the frame, the alphabetical references below outside; beneath which is

Printed and sold by William Warter, Stationer, at the Signe of the Talbott Vnder the Mitre Tavern, in

Fleet Street


——Vol. xxvii.-. There is a variation of this Print in the , divided with common ink into partitions, as if to be used as cards, and numbered in the margin in type, with Roman numerals, in series of each, and extra.

. Small folio copper-plate, representing an ancient man in an oriental habit holding a scroll in his left hand marked




and with the other pointing to the frozen Thames on which the usual pastimes are taking place, with several names engraven beneath. Beyond appears London within a wall. The title is on a scroll above the figure and view, and beneath the print are the following verses.
Old Erra Pater, or his rambling Ghost,Prognosticating of this long strong FrostSome Ages past, said yt. ye. Ice-bound Thames Shou'd prove a Theatre for Sports and Games;Her watry green be turn'd into a Bare,For Men a Citty seem, for Booths a Faire; And now this straggling Spirite is once more comeTo visit Mortalls, and foretele their doom:When Maids grow modest, ye. Dissenting CrewBecome all Loyal, the Falsehearted true,Then, you may probably, and not til thenExpect in England such a Frost agen!

Printed for Iames Norris, at the King's armes wout Temple Barr.—

-, —Whole-sheet copper-plate print, measuring inches by /. Dedicated to Sir Henry Hulse, Knt. and Lord Mayor, by James Moxon the Engraver.—,[a] , Vol. viii. after page .

. Whole-sheet Broadside, measuring inches by , with a large and coarse engraving on wood representing the sports, tents, and buildings, on the ice, taken from opposite the Temple, which appears in the back-ground: beneath are the title and lines of very inferior verse.—

, , —A Wood Cut.—[b]  London: . mo. A small volume of coarse and worthless narratives. . [c] -. Half-sheet folio.


London: . Half-sheet, small folio, pages of letter-press.

Half-sheet, small folio, a Poem of lines on pages of letter-press.[d]  He is also in possession of another relique of this Frost, derived from the same collection, of far greater interest and curiosity. It consists of a quartersheet of coarse Dutch paper, on which, within a type border measuring inches by inches, are the names of


ICE , . ..These names express King Charles the ; his brother James, Duke of York, afterwards James II.; Queen Katherine, Infanta of Portugal; Mary D'Este, sister of Francis Duke of Modena, James's Duchess; the Princess Anne, daughter of the Duke of York, afterwards Queen Anne; and her husband, Prince George of Denmark. The last name was doubtless dictated by the humour of the King, and signifies Jack in the Cellar; alluding to the pregnant situation of Anne of Denmark. Mr. Upcott also possesses another paper, likewise derived from the Evelyn collection, Printed on the Ice -, bearing the names of Henry, Earl of Clarendon, son of the Chancellor; Flora, Countess of Clarendon; and their son Edward, Lord Cornbury.[e]  The rapid disappearance of this Frost has been already noticed; but even on Evelyn observes, that though the weather were set in to an absolute thaw and rain, the Thames was still frozen. On he states, that

the weather began to be more mild and tolerable, but there was not the least appearance of any spring;

and even on there was

hardly the least appearance

of it. The Spring which followed he records to have been excessively hot and dry, with such a drought as no man in England had known.


[a] British Topography, by Richard Gough, Lond. 1780. 4to. Vol. i. p. 731.

[b] Ibid. Vol. i. p. 732

[c] Ibid. Vol. i. p. 784*.—The two articles ensuing are also derived from the same authority.

[d] In this poem there occur the following lines relating to Charles II. viewing the frozen Thames from Whitehall. Then draw the King, who on his leads doth stray,To see the throng as on a Lord Mayor's day,And thus unto his nobles pleas'd to say:With these men on this Ice I'de undertakeTo cause the Turk all Europe to forsake;An army of these men, arm'd and completeWould soon the Turk in Christendom defeat.

[e] Another paper of this kind, also from the same collection, is mentioned by Mr. Bray in a note to Evelyn's Diary, Jan. 24th, 1683-84, with the names of Monsr. et Made. Justel. Printed on the River of Thames being frozen. In the 36th Year of King Charles the II. February the 5th, 1683.—Henry Justel was Secretary and Councillor to the King of France, and came to England on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, when he was appointed Keeper of the King's Library. He died in 1693.

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 Title Page
 Howell's View of London
 View of the Fire of London
 City Wall
 The Conduits of Cheapside and Cornhill
 Plan of the Fire in Bishopsgate Street, Cornhill, and Leadenhall Street: November 7th, 1765
Frost Fair on the River Thames
 Part of the Strand: St. Clement's Danes
 Ancient Structure in Ship Yard: Temple Bar
 St. Paul's Cross and Cathedral: With King James I and his Court at a Sermon
 Ancient Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London
 Paul's Cross (and Preaching There)
Elsinge Spital, Sion College, and the Church of St. Alphage, London Wall
 Elsinge's Hospital; or, as it is otherwise denominated, Elsynge Spittle
 Sion College
 The Priory and Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield
 The Church of St. Bartholomew the Less: Giltspure Street, West Smithfield, in the Ward of Farringdon Without
Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate Street
The Priory and Church of St. Helen, Bishopsgate Street
 Monument of Sir Andrew Judde, Knight: In the Church of St. Helen, Bishopsgate Within
St. Michael's Church: Cornhill
The Parish Church of St. Paul, Shadwell: In the County of Middlesex
 The Parish Church of St. Peter upon Cornhill: In Cornhill Ward
Extracts from the Vestry Books of the Church of St. Peter upon Cornhill
 St. Saviour's Church
 St. Saviour's Church, Southwark
 Winchester Palace, Southwark
 Chapels at the Eastern End of the Church of St. Saviour, Southwark
 Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
 An Account of Bermondsey, its Manor, Priory, and Abbey
 Priory of the Holy Trinity: In the Ward of Aldgate
 St. Martin-le-Grand College, and St. Vedast, Foster Lane
 Guildhall Chapel
 A short Account of Lazar Houses in and near London
 Knightsbridge Chapel
 Lambe's Chapel and Alms-Houses: Monkwell Street, Cripplegate
 The late Mr. Skelton's Meeting House, Erected Near the Site of the Globe Theatre, Maid Lane, Southwark
 Zoar Street, Gravel Lane, Meeting House and School
 Oratory, Under the Antient Mansion, or Inn, of the Priors of Lewes in Sussex
 Whitehall: Plate I
 Whitehall: Plate II
 Whitehall: Plate III
 St. James's Palace
 Fawkeshall, or Copped Hall, Surrey
 Toten-Hall, Tottenham Court Road
 King John's Palace
 Clarendon House, called also Albemarle House
 Somerset House
 Suffolk House
 York House
 Durham, Salisbury, and Worcester Houses
 Sir Paul Pindar's House
 Montagu House: Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury
 The British Museum
 Bedford House, Bloomsbury Square
 Peterborough House, afterward Grosvenor House, Millbank, Westminster
 Craven House, Drury Lane
 Ancient Mansion called Monteagle House: Montague Close, Southwark
 Oldbourne Hall, Shoe Lane: In the Parish of St. Andrew, Holborn