As it started to rain on Christmas Day, 1927 no one knew that a sharp drop in temperature would lead to one of Britain's worst snowstorms of the twentieth century.

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Snowdrifts up to ten metres high were reported across the country. Cars were buried up to their roofs, people were snowed in and farmers lost a huge number of livestock as they got buried in the snow. Trains derailed and had to be abandoned. Passengers trudged through the snow and took shelter in nearby cottages. People were trapped in their homes and whole villages lost communication for days.

All in all, everything was pretty dreadful. But then came the bodies.

Some people who'd been caught outside during the storm were buried under the snow. Postmen, trapped motorists and others looking for help. One boy playing snowballs with his friends by Alexandra Palace accidentally grabbed the shoulder of a girl who'd been buried for two days and two nights. Miraculously, she survived.


Slideshow: Caught in the snowstorm

A bus is dug out of a snow drift it 'unsuccessfully charged' near Dousland, Devon

Villagers dig a path through the snow in Kent

A car is buried up to the roof in Biggin Hill, Kent

A motorist requisitions help near Wrangaton, Devon

A breakdown team deals with a train which derailed on its way to London from Redhill

A tank is used to deliver mail in Salisbury

A woman gets a helping hand over a drift in Devon


But not everyone was adversely affected by the snow, so if that's got you down, here's a fantastic film from 1927 documenting some winter fun in the aftermath.

It could be worse... You could be cooking Christmas pudding for 7000