Category Archives: Travel

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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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

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Fanny Burney Goes to Windsor, 1785

One of the many joys of a really good second-hand bookstore is coming on something unexpected but fascinating. Last week in one of my favourite Norwich bookstores, I stumbled on a book, published in 1902, called ‘Side-Lights on the Georgian … Continue reading

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