FREE daily The museum is closed Plan your visit For families For schools Collections

About this object

  • ID:

    A1637

  • Production date:

    Early Medieval; 12th century

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Daily Life and the Thames: Human Life

  • In 1173 William FitzStephen described how Londoners went skating on polished bone skates like this when the marsh on the north of the city, known as the Moor or Moorfields, 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.'

  • Measurements

    H 30 mm; L 245 mm; W 45 mm

  • Materials

    bone

  • Last Updated

    2020-05-28

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London (used)

?

Record quality:

What is this?

Not every record in Collections Online is complete. Some have low quality images designed purely for recognition, while some have been catalogued only to a basic standard. This graphic is designed to give you an impression of the quality of data you can see. 100% meets all our current data standards and has a high quality image, 20% is a basic record with no image. Individual record quality can change over time as new photography is carried out and records are worked on.

X