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A Georgian (Non)Christmas?

I think it’s fairly well known that many of our present-day Christmas customs were invented in the 19th century, mostly in England by Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria and her family. These have been ‘supplemented’ by some European ones (like … Continue reading

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Tall Stories Georgian-style

It’s long been noted that groups of men tend to indulge in boastful talk amongst themselves, each person trying to outdo the others or cap their stories. Maybe this is simply natural competitiveness amongst males, maybe it is more, but … Continue reading

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The East Anglian Beach Companies

It seems many people have almost forgotten about the beachmen of East Anglia and the companies they formed, yet for more than a hundred years in the 18th and early 19th centuries, they were a common feature of most seafaring … Continue reading

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Georgian Attitudes Revealed

There are times when I’m looking through some primary document and find myself brought up short by a comment that reveals an outlook or attitude that would never be acceptable today. A time when the only possible response is “What!?” … Continue reading

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Georgian Theatre Criticism

The theatre critic is a fixture in today’s newspapers and it turns out that such people have a long history behind them. Even in Georgian times, people turned to their newspapers to discover what was on at the local theatre, … Continue reading

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Music at Home

During the eighteenth century, england was seen throughout europe as an unusually musical nation, one in which different kinds of music were enjoyed at every level of society. That was why, at one end of the scale, a major composer … Continue reading

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A Prank too far?

The Elopement John Collet, 1764 It’s good to see that even our georgian ancestors were not above getting pissed and doing stupid things at christmas parties. The following piece was published in The Norwich Mercury of January 14th, 1727. Sherborn, … Continue reading

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