It’s that time of year again! The Daily Express has proclaimed a new Ice Age is coming our way, so it must be true. Anyway, the first snow of this winter is expected in the next 24 hours, which will be welcome news for all the clothes shops with their overstocks of winter coats.
Will we have a winter like that of 1895, when the Mersey froze? The photograph taken at Egremont (I think) shows some serious ice in the river. The log of HMS Conway, moored at Rock Ferry, revealed that “28 Feb 1895 The Mersey was frozen from shore to shore.” It was reported that it was possible to walk from Liverpool to Birkenhead, although whether anyone was foolhardy enough to attempt is not recorded.
The freeze lasted over two weeks and an iceberg some 12 feet high and 60 feet wide was photographed in the River Dee.