Apparently December 2010 was the coldest one on record, but these photos show it could have been a lot worse. The top picture shows that the River Frome was so frozen over in 1963 that people could skate on it. The lower picture shows massive icicles hanging off the old quarry faces in 1947 - another exceptionally cold winter.
Photos courtesy of Sheila Hill. If you have old photos of the area, we'd love to see them - send them to firstname.lastname@example.org