This image shows the River Trent frozen over at West Butterwick in 1890. During particularly cold winters the River Trent would freeze over allowing villagers to play on or walk across the river. This could prove dangerous if the ice was too thin and you fell in or sometimes when the river thawed it could cause flooding. The villages along the River Trent relied on the river for transporting goods such as agricultural produce or manufactured goods such as bricks and tiles. They would also use the daily steam packets to travel to markets in neighbouring villages.
Image courtesy of North Lincolnshire Museum Image Archive.