Magazine article The Spectator

The Perils of Skating

Magazine article The Spectator

The Perils of Skating

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1836

Skating is a rather dangerous diversion, notwithstanding the severity of the frost; and several accidents, some of them attended with loss of life, have occurred in London and the vicinity. On Wednesday, two boys were sliding on a pond in a field near Streatham, when the ice broke and both were drowned. Yesterday, two gentlemen lost their lives by the ice breaking in the canal in St James's Park. But the most serious accident occurred yesterday on the Serpentine, on which several thousands were skating.

According to the Times, 'Everything went on very pleasantly until about half-past twelve o'clock, when loud shrieks were heard proceeding from the vicinity of the Receiving-house belonging to the Royal Humane Society on the north bank of the river. Hundreds of persons, both on the ice and on the banks, immediately hastened to the spot; when it was discovered that a large piece of ice which had been marked "Dangerous", had, notwithstanding the exertions of the Society's men to prevent them, been crowded by skaters, and given way, immersing nearly the whole of them in the water. …

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