Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Loss of HMS Invincible in 1801

HMS Invincible was a 74-gun, third-rate ship of the Royal Navy, built in 1765 at the end of The Seven Years’ War. During her career, she served in the American War of Independence at the battles of Cape St Vincent … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk, Military

The Greenland Whalers of King‘s Lynn

During the 18th century, one of the most profitable industries operating from the small Norfolk port of King’s Lynn was whaling. Although the port never dealt with whalers on the scale of the East Coast ports around the Humber or … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk, Commerce

A Dip in the Briny

Bathing in the sea is a popular leisure activity nowadays, so it’s hard to think of it as anything but a light-hearted, fun pastime for warm days and calm seas. It did not start like that. In the eighteenth century, … Continue reading

Posted in Georgian Society, Medicine & Science

The Rise of the Fashionable Eighteenth-century Shopper

One of the distinguishing marks of the 18th-century is the steady rise in the standard of living amongst the better-off parts of British society. Compared with their Tudor and Stuart ancestors, the people of Georgian times lived in grander houses, … Continue reading

Posted in Fashion, Georgian Society

Eighteenth-Century Patent Medicines: Kill or Cure?

Recently, someone tweeted an image of a label of Victorian cough-medicine, showing its main ingredients were cannabis, cocaine and chloroform! I imagine it didn’t so much stop your cough as render you swiftly insensible to any kind of throat-tickle – … Continue reading

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