When my great grandfather Benjamin Hall died in 1936 (a wealthy man with a huge wine cellar) his two dreary sisters came to the funeral… Read More »Abstinence in the Eighteenth Century? You must be joking!
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to stay at the lovely Arizona Inn at Tucson. The dining area, somewhat dark and cavernous, was transformed… Read More »A new book on Bristol Blue glassware – a blatant promotion!
“Bachelor’s Fare – or Bread and Cheese with kisses” – a quotation from Jonathan Swift. The quotation gave rise to a number of Eighteenth Century… Read More »Bachelor’s Fare – or Bread and Cheese with kisses
An intriguing fellow, was Francis Burdett. Born on 25th January 1770 in Wiltshire, he was the grandson of the Baronet of Foremark. He was educated… Read More »Sir Francis Burdett, a much maligned politician (1770-1844).