Category Archives: Travel

The Purposes of the Grand Tour

During the 17th and 18th centuries, rich young Englishmen finished their education by going on The Grand Tour — an extended cultural and collecting trip through continental Europe. You can think of it as a ‘finishing school’ for the sons … Continue reading

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Georgian Travel: Bad Weather and Bad Roads

Here is a final group of examples of travel problems from the diaries of Mary Hardy. Most relate to coping with bad weather, especially in winter, but bad roads were just as great a difficulty in many parts of the … Continue reading

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Georgian Travel: Falling off your Horse

  One of the commonest problems facing travellers in the 18th century was staying in the saddle. Considering how much some of them must have ridden, this is odd. Nevertheless, people seem to have fallen off their horses with suspicious regularity, … Continue reading

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Georgian Travel: Vehicle Accidents and Breakdowns

I set out the background to the daily perils of Georgian roads and travel in my previous post. Now it’s time to delve into the specifics. As I wrote in the first instalment, all these examples are drawn from the … 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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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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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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