Monthly Archives: November 2015

An Unfortunate Accident

I found the following account in a transcription of a Norwich newspaper of March 1790. It had never occurred to me that a visit to the ‘Necessary House’—the outside lavatory—could turn out to be so dangerous! Providential Preservation On Thursday … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk

The Gordon Riots of 1780

This is an insider’s view of days of mob violence in late Georgian London. Laetitia Hawkins was more or less in the middle of things and her father, Sir John, was a local magistrate and thus responsible for trying to … Continue reading

Posted in Politics

Fish Recipes from 1707

Since it’s Friday, I thought I would share some fish recipes from Katherine Windham’s[1] Booke of Cooking and Housekeeping of 1707, transcribed by my friends Bonnie Lovelock and Roger Sykes. Note the use of fish you will not find in … Continue reading

Posted in Cookery & Housecare

Draining The Fens in the 18th Century

Noel Coward, in his play ‘Private Lives’, wrote the famous phase, “Very flat, Norfolk”. That, of course is not true. Much of Norfolk is, if not hilly, at least composed of nicely rolling countryside. The part that is flat — … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk

Laetitia Hawkins on David Garrick

David Garrick seems, at least for a while, to have been a frequent visitor to Laetitia Hawkins’s[1] house and family in Twickenham. Here are some of her observations[2] on this famous English actor. I confess I was afraid of him … Continue reading

Posted in Georgian Society

Loving Felons (Part 3)

More “Firsts” for Susannah and Henry In the two previous posts, here, and here, we followed the remarkable journey of two young felons from Norwich to Botany Bay as part of the first fleet sent to establish a penal colony … Continue reading

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Sausages, Steak and Pickling Pork, 1707

Today’s offering from Katherine Windham’s Booke of Cookery and Housekeeping of 1707,  transcribed by my friends Bonnie Lovelock and Roger Sykes, looks at the kind of solid fare suitable for the colder weather. It also introduces a theme that runs throughout … Continue reading

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Melancholia: The English Malady

Mine, you are to know, is a white Melancholy, or rather Leucocholy… which though it seldom laughs or dances, nor ever amounts to what one calls Joy or Pleasure, yet is a good easy sort of a state … But … Continue reading

Posted in Medicine & Science

Be Careful What You Wish For!

The following poem appeared in the Norfolk Chronicle in 1784. A citizen of you know where, Discoursing with his dearest dear, As o’er the silver stream they rode Close cheek by jowl together stow’d, Of fiddle-fiddle gan to chatter, He … Continue reading

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