Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Treats For Christmas, 1707

Katherine Windham’s recipe notes of 1707, transcribed by my friends Bonnie Lovelock and Roger Sykes, do not list recipes by season. However, it’s possible to select items we associate with Christmas nowadays. Whether any were served at Felbrigg Hall at this … Continue reading

Posted in Cookery & Housecare

The Murder of Charles Drew (1740)

It’s not often you can follow a murder case through successive editions of the local newspaper, but this is an exception. All the excerpts which follow are from “The Bury and Norwich Journal”. First, the murder itself. February 9th 1740 … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Keeping the Peace

All ISN’T Fair in War

Here’s a fascinating piece from the Norfolk Chronicle of 21st October, 1780. In the course of the present war, humanity hath found a distinguished friend in Lord Viscount TOWNSHEND. His behaviour does honour to the dignity of his rank and … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Politics

Norwich Election Riot. September 23rd, 1786

An account from the Norfolk Chronicle of an election riot in Norwich. I’ve noted before that Norwich elections tended to be turbulent, especially towards the end of the 18th century. However, this one seems to have drawn in nearly all … Continue reading

Posted in Politics

A Norfolk Clergyman Takes The Grand Tour—Twice!

Going on The Grand Tour in 17th and 18th-century Britain became an essential element in the education of the sons[1] of the gentry and nobility. They were sent to acquire the correct veneer of polish, based on personal acquaintance with … Continue reading

Posted in Georgian Society, Travel