Monthly Archives: February 2016

Private Education in 18th-century Norfolk

The following advertisement appeared in the Norfolk Chronicle for 27th June, 1780. EDUCATION. Mr RIVETT, Writing-master, Accountant, Teacher of Mathematical and Philosophical Sciences at East Dereham, in Norfolk, tenders his respectful Acknowledgements to those Gentlemen and Ladies who have obliged … Continue reading

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Georgian Hair-care: Pomades

I recently gave a talk to a local group on the subject of sea-bathing. In it, I mentioned the use of pomade or pomatum for the hair: a dressing originally including mashed, overripe apple, as the name suggests, along with … Continue reading

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“Concerning Buggs”

Katherine Windham’s Book of Cookery and Housekeeping of 1707,  transcribed by my friends Bonnie Lovelock and Roger Sykes, contains much more than cooking recipes. There are also various medicines, human and animal, and practical household tips such as these. In her … Continue reading

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The Complicated Lives of the Poor

The Georgian Poor Laws in England This article is another result of time spent – never wasted – sorting through neglected shelves and boxes in second-hand bookstores. In this case, what I turned up was a locally-published booklet of transcripts … Continue reading

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A True Gentleman of the Road

From the Ipswich Journal. Highwaymen were rarely this kind. August 7th 1773 On Friday evening last as two ladies and a gentleman were coming by post chaise from Ingatestone to Chelmsford, they were attacked by a highway man within a … Continue reading

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Norfolk Fends off Napoleon

Fears of a French invasion were not new to late-eighteenth century Englishmen. There had been at least three credible invasion threats between 1744 and 1783, and various steps to counter invasion had been taken. How likely Norfolk was as a … Continue reading

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An Intriguing Variant on Wife Selling

The following item was printed in the Ipswich Journal. It could be a variant form of the well-attested practice of wife-selling, or it could have been a ploy all along to get hold of a fine animal to sell, since … Continue reading

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