For more than two centuries, an enormous ice house has remained hidden beneath the streets of London, England. But now, a team of archaeologists renovating the area has rediscovered the fascinating structure. And what it tells us about the capital city’s captivating history is truly extraordinary.
Life in 18th-century London was inordinately different to that of the English capital today. Moreover, it was a time of change: the country’s population was booming, the Industrial Revolution was beginning to take shape and London was at the epicenter. Indeed, the city was an important hub within the expanding British Empire.
In fact, a multitude of landmark events occurred in London throughout the 1700s. For instance, between 1706 and 1707, two Acts of Union brought together England and Scotland in the Kingdom of Great Britain. Previously, the same monarch ruled both countries, but they had separate parliaments and separate kingdoms.