Monthly Archives: October 2015

Buried At The crossroads

Here’s a little extra for Hallowe’en, proving that old customs lingered on in some rural parts of England. It’s from the Bury and Norwich Post. October 2nd 1783 There was an inquisition taken at Ballingdon in Essex near Sudbury on … Continue reading

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Laetitia Hawkins on Horace Walpole

In “Side-Lights on the Georgian Period”, published in 1902, ‘George Paston’ (Emily Morse Symonds), included a chapter on the recollections[1] of Laetitia Hawkins (baptised August 1759, died November 1835), a tart-voiced lady just a little younger than Fanny Burney. Laetitia … Continue reading

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Loving Felons (Part 2)

The Amazing Warder In the last post, we left poor Susannah Holmes on 5th November 1786 at Plymouth, having arrived there with her baby, a third Henry Cabell (she and her man were as imaginative about names as most others … Continue reading

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The Wrong Trousers

No, not Wallace and Gromit, but a cautionary tale from the Norwich papers of 1775. It seems even the good people of Holt in Norfolk were not averse to a ‘bit on the side’. The following odd affair happened at … Continue reading

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On (Far from Ideal) 18th Century Men

Here is another extract from ”Side-Lights on the Georgian Period” by George Paston, published in 1902. The previous ones can be found here and here. Having shown the Georgian view of the ideal woman, I thought it only fair to … Continue reading

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Conservative Propaganda in the 18th Century

It’s fair to say that pro-government forces during the latter part of the 18th century proved better than the anti-government ones at manipulating public opinion against the radicals who demanded political and social reform. Governments of the day worked hard … Continue reading

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“The New London Spy”

The following advertisement appeared in the Norwich newspapers in 1771. As you can see, people’s tastes in popular magazines seem to have been no different then from now. Nor was this an isolated publication. There were several similar ones during … Continue reading

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Two ‘Pye’ Recipes from 1707

Another offering from Katherine Windham’s Booke of Cookery and Housekeeping of 1707, this time some ‘pyes’. To make a Calves head pye Take your head & parboyle it, yn cut it into thin peices season it with salt, nutmeg & a litle … Continue reading

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Loving Felons (Part 1)

Crime, Punishment and Pregnancy In Britain during the eighteenth century methods of dealing with criminal behaviour, especially by the poor, were usually harsh to the point of brutality. It’s refreshing to be able to tell a different kind of story; … Continue reading

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“The Norwich Mercury” on French Morals (1772)

Here’s a fun little poem from a local newspaper on the theme of the (supposed) sexual indiscretions of the French upper classes in the eighteenth century. Not so different from the English, so far as I can see! Says a … Continue reading

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