BACK IN TIME: Boxing Day snow was start of the big freeze

Boxing Day, 1962
Boxing Day, 1962

With Christmas fast approaching many of us have wondered whether or not it will be a white one.

It is clear from the recent weather patterns that it certainly won’t be.

It’s more like spring than winter at the moment.

In 1962 we almost had a white Christmas.

On Boxing Day that year a lot of snow fell, marking the start of months of freezing weather.

The whole country was under a blanket of snow which in some places was many feet thick.

This photograph looks along the canal towpath by Highbridge.

The canal was completely frozen all the way to Marsworth.

The winter of 1962-3 has gone down in history as being one of the longest and coldest on record.

Snow was on the ground for three months.

These days we are lucky to see snow at all.

If it comes we usually have it for a few days at most.