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Image id:
61274
Title:
Bone skates:12th century
Description:
Bone skates. Both bone skates are original but the leather handle is a recent addition. In 1173 William FitzStephen described how Londoners went skating on polished bone skates like this when the marsh known as the Moor, or Moorfields, on the north of the city froze in winter. "When the great marsh which washes the northern walls of the city freezes, crowds of young men go out to play on the ice. Some of them fit shinbones of cattle on their feet, tying them round their ankles. They take a stick with an iron spike in their hands and strike it regularly on the ice, and are carried along as fast as a flying bird or a bolt from a catapult".
Date:
1101 AD - 1200 AD
Image Number:
000553
Century:
12th century
London borough:
Unknown
Historical period:
Medieval (1066 - 1485)
Ownership of object:
Museum of London
Accession number:
A1637(left); A1631(right)
Department:
Early History
Link with Museum gallery:
Medieval London
B&W/Colour:
colour
Credit:
© Museum of London
Image Ref:
000553
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Image Format: JPEG
Width: 3600
Height: 2409
Colour Space: 3
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