Monthly Archives: March 2016

Norfolk’s Regency ‘Scientific Anchorite’

For several decades, from the 1770s onwards, one family provided the essential services of blacksmith to the small Norfolk village of Letheringsett. This was the Jex family. The family seem to have been well-established in Norfolk as prosperous tradesmen. Some … Continue reading

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The Georgian Way with People ‘Passing off’ or Short Measure

Giving short measure or trying to pass-off substandard goods is not a modern phenomenon. As the following notice from The Norwich Mercury of December, 1757 shows, the masters of the trade guilds sometimes took strong action against those who threatened … Continue reading

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Georgian Travel’s Less-romantic Perils

The Main Problem for Travellers wasn’t Highwaymen It’s inevitable that historical novelists, screen-writers – even the writers of popular history – should focus primarily on the more dramatic dangers facing travellers in the 18th century. Like highwaymen and footpads on … Continue reading

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Schools for Girls

It’s often said girls of the middling sort in the eighteenth century were given little or no formal education. That seems to be contradicted by this advertisement from a Norwich newspaper of 1782. I’m delighted to see the emphasis on … Continue reading

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The Complicated Lives of the Poor: Seeking a Living

In a previous post, I explained the demands of the 18th-century English Poor Laws. I also mentioned how I came on a locally-printed booklet of transcripts of records made by magistrates taking depositions under the Poor Law in Holt, Norfolk[1]. … Continue reading

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Getting Your (Ticket) Money’s Worth

In these days, when theatre tickets may cost £50 or more (double that in London’s West End) it’s interesting to see just how much value our Georgian ancestors obtained for their money. Not just a ‘main attraction’ but various types … Continue reading

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The Serious Business of Sea-Bathing

A little while ago, I wrote a post about sea bathing. It attracted so much interest I thought more research would be useful, going beyond the basics into the reasoning behind the fashion and how it changed during the 18th … Continue reading

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A Quarrel at the Dinner Table

  Here‘s proof that feelings about the correct ordering of meals could run high, even amongst genteel Georgian ladies. The piece comes from a Norwich newspaper of 1772. “I went a few days ago to dine in the country with … Continue reading

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The Independents, Precursors of Radicalism

To eighteenth-century Britons, the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 and the Bill of Rights of 1689 were more than simple historical and political events. They were the foundations of British political stability, the guarantors of freedom from arbitrary rule. Under the … Continue reading

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