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The Annual London Heatwave 1920s style

25-May-2012
25-May-2012 0:00
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by Peter Berthoud

In 1928 an anonymous writer noted that:

"London's annual heat wave is always forgotten by the next year. According to Londoners it rains every day of the year - except when there is a fog.But there are some hot days ..."

Well, whilst we are currently enjoying a "London Heatwave" in 2012, let's have a look at how Londoners fared on those "rare" hot days of the 1920s.

Boys swimming in Clapham circa 1026
Swimming in Clapham circa 1926

The beach without a sea: Castles in the sand in Bishops Park by the river at Fulham circa 1928
"The beach without a sea: Castles in the sand in Bishops Park by the river at Fulham" circa 1928

Paddling in Trafalgar Square 1920s
Paddling in Trafalgar Square, mid 1920s

The ice man with his cart 1926
The "Ice Man" with his cart, circa 1926

The
The "Ice Man" making his delivery, circa 1926

Boys in the Serpentine 1920s
Boys in the Serpentine, circa 1926

Cooling off in the East End 1920s
Cooling off in the East End, mid 1920s

Roadmenders in heatwave 1926
"The road menders seem uncomfortable at any time of the year", circa 1926

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