“Thursday 16th Had a very indifferent night the past, with my Tooth – today was enabled to go through the operation of having it… Read More »A trip to the dentist, 18th Century style, and a craze for transplanting “live” teeth.
Who wants to be a billionaire ? Let’s hear it for ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy, who died 300 years ago today.
I rather hope that the good citizens of the Devon village of Hittisleigh will be out celebrating today – their most famous son, Samuel Bellamy,… Read More »Who wants to be a billionaire ? Let’s hear it for ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy, who died 300 years ago today.
It was not uncommon for women in the 18th Century to wear strap-on metal “shoe supports” to lift the shoe off from the ground, so… Read More »Pattens in the 18th Century – a sensible way of keeping dresses off the filthy streets
In an earlier post I mentioned about Richard worrying about events around him – none more so than the British weather. Here is a page… Read More »A review of the weather, 1794-5: frosts and floods – and snow for the entire month.
Worries a-plenty in 1793: from the state of the harvest to concerns about the war, sickness in the Spring and bankruptcies galore…
My ancestor was a real worrier – and the older he got the more he worried – and the more he filled his diaries with… Read More »Worries a-plenty in 1793: from the state of the harvest to concerns about the war, sickness in the Spring and bankruptcies galore…
On a fine day in January 1821 seventeen year old Eliza Balsum was crossing the stream near her home in Hanham on the outskirts of… Read More »Another look at he sad case of John Horwood, who took 190 years to be buried.
Encountering anyone with autism, whether or not combined with savant syndrome, can be an extremely perplexing and fascinating experience. I always found a resonance with… Read More »Another chance to remember Jedediah Buxton: mathematical genius, savant, or plain weirdo?
Back in March 2014 I did a post about a wonderful William Heath caricature entitled The March of Intellect. I think it is worth repeating:… Read More »Another chance to gaze into my crystal ball, 1829: The March of Intellect.