During the Great Freeze of February 1895, the weather was so cold that Curling became a popular pastime in parts of Essex, and an Ice Carnival was held near Great Dunmow, where people competed in winter sports. The weather had another significant impact on Great Dunmow when, during the floods of June 1903, residents were forced to make use of their wash tubs (called Dolly Tubs) as make-shift boats to float to the safety of the higher ground. In 1975, Dunmow had its latest recorded snowfall when residents were surprised that the weather deposited 6 inches as late as 9th April.


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