Washington Post

Amid pandemics and protests, is Britain facing its worst economy since the Great Frost of 1709?

This distant memory returned to the minds of Britain last month, when a monetary policy report released by the Bank of England, Britain's central bankers, warned that Britain's economic output could fall 14% through 2020. Foto: Hannah McKay

The economic chaos wrought by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has brought comparison to financial hardships of World War II and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

But when Britain reviews the latest economic data, expected to be released Friday, many will be looking for a comparison to a far more distant milestone: the Great Frost of 1709...

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