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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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Finding Good Servants

During the eighteenth century, the lady of the house faced a constant problem in employing good servants. Whether you ran a town household or a country one, servants were becoming hard to find. They were also difficult to keep. Alternative … Continue reading

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The Superstitious Eighteenth Century

It’s easy to forget how superstitious many of our Georgian ancestors must have been. At this time of year, when thoughts run to what may lie ahead of us, it was natural enough to try to make sure nothing was … Continue reading

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Let There be Light!

Indoor Lighting in Georgian England Sometimes it’s the simplest aspects of life in the past which are hardest to understand, other than in the most superficial ways. Take the hours of darkness. We all know that Georgian and Regency houses … Continue reading

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Of Popinjays, Fops and Macaronis

Originally, the word ‘fop’ simply meant a fool. However, by the 18th century, its meaning had narrowed to mean a fashionable man who put on airs and graces. A man who tried to portray himself as more refined, more witty … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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