Monthly Archives: January 2016

The 18th-Century Gutter Press

Observers from continental European countries during the 18th century were amazed – and envious – at the lack of censorship in Britain. There were some laws against too free a use of the printing press, such as the charge of … Continue reading

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Dealing with a Quack

  In the eighteenth century, legislation to protect the public from quack doctors and other medical charlatans was still in its infancy. Here’s an example from a Norwich newspaper of 1767 where the magistrates made use of such legislation as … Continue reading

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An 18th-century Public Apology

One of the penalties that could be enforced on guilty parties in the eighteenth century was to pay for a public apology and admission of guilt to be published in a suitable local newspaper or newspapers. It seems to have … Continue reading

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Educating the Norfolk Poor

It’s common for people to assume that only the aristocracy, gentry and middle classes educated their children (or at least their sons) until the advent of the Victorian period. That’s not really true. By 1700, Norfolk already had 37 endowed … Continue reading

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Home Remedies for Horses, 1707

There were no veterinarians in 1707, yet horses were essential to daily life. It’s not surprising therefore that Katherine Windham, mistress of Felbrigg Hall, made notes of remedies that she might make up to deal with illnesses amongst the horses … Continue reading

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Traffic on Georgian Roads in Norfolk

A Better Picture? Britain’s roads in the Georgian and Regency periods were much busier than many people might imagine. Modern life makes it attractive to conjure up an idyllic picture of an 18th-century landscape free from human intrusion. There might … Continue reading

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Rough Justice, Norfolk 1772

A look at the local papers sometimes throws up some unexpected gems: stories that illuminate real life in the community, rather than the more artificial and mannered activities of politicians and their kind. Here’s a case of some very rough … Continue reading

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The Turbulent Life of John Black (1)

A Norfolk Adventurer, Mutiny Survivor and Privateer John Black was born on 31 October, 1778, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, though he spent his childhood at Woodbridge in Suffolk, where his father, also called John, was curate at Butley from 1789 … Continue reading

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