Wenceslaus Hollar’s 1644 view of Bankside showing the Globe and the bear baiting house, both of which have been partially excavated. In this picture, the labels were switched by the engraver. The Globe (1599) to the left whilst the baiting arena, originally the Hope playhouse (1613), is to the right (the labels were reversed by the engraver). Both these sites have been excavated by MOLA.
FROST FAYRE Back in the day, Frost Fayres were held on the river when the Thames froze. This fanciful model shows what the festivities were imagined to have looked like when the fayre of 1621 took place. How did the Thames freeze? It was a combination of the water being slowed by London Bridge - which then had 19 arches which restricted the flow much more than the present bridge - and cold winters which climatologists refer to as the 'little Ice Age'.
Goldsmith's Row where the Cheapside Hoard was found in 1912. These buildings were destroyed in the great London Fire of 1666, but the jewels were held in a wooden box under the cellar floor which protected them. They were found at #30-32 Cheapside on the corner of Friday St.