The "Big Freeze" of 1947.
The winter of 1947 is even now remembered as one of the harshest recorded and is still the subject of quite fierce debate as to whether it was harder than that of 1962/63. In the Forest in 1947, fairly isolated as it then was and suffering from the after-effects of World War II, the severity of the weather forced those living in the Forest and the Forest towns and villages almost into a state of siege. At least that is how we hear it told.
These photographs give some idea of what it was like and a little bit of how some people responded to it. In this Photo the young ladies were enjoying themselves climbing up Littledean Hill ... and then we read this report and all our thoughts about "How It Really Was" changed.
Read what it was really like in Cinderford on the night of Thursday, March 6th, 1947.