Writing in 1760 my ancestor Richard Hall records in his diary: “October 8 – went with Mr Crouch to see the British Musæum”, He would have… Read More »Visit to the newly opened British Museum on 8 October 1760
Another look at 18th Century Pronunciation – those difficult words where the spelling doesn’t match the spoken word.
I have touched on this in The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman – clearly my ancestor Richard Hall would not have wanted to be thought… Read More »Another look at 18th Century Pronunciation – those difficult words where the spelling doesn’t match the spoken word.
On September 3rd 1768 the Daily Advertiser carried an advertisement placed by my ancestor Richard Hall, referring to a burglary on 20th August. It gives… Read More »20th August 1768: a burglary in Peckham
In his diary for 1788 Richard Hall mentions that on July 12th ‘Their Majesty’s the King & Queen and Princesses, went to Cheltenham to drink… Read More »His Majesty goes to Cheltenham, 12th July 1788
There is no delicate way of putting it: my ancestor Richard Hall had problems with wind. He diarised ways of avoiding it (basically by not… Read More »Wind, or Flatulence, otherwise Oppression of the Stomach.
I have a confession to make: my attendance record with dentists has never been exemplary. It’s not that I don’t like dentists – lovely people,… Read More »A visit to Thomas Berdmore, dentist to His Majesty….
Angel shown courtesy of ‘Coinage of England’ dealers. On the left, the obverse (ie front) of an ‘angel’ of Charles 1st, so called because of… Read More »The King’s Touch-piece – an angel by any other name.
I remember working in a Georgian office in Bristol where the wallpaper was looking tired and in need of being replaced. It was only when the… Read More »From Eighteenth Century Wallpaper to the price of cognac… another visit.
Poor Richard Hall. This day in 1773 was the Sabbath, and normally wild horses would not have prevented him from making the journey (on foot)… Read More »9th May 1773 (Sunday). A problem with my bowels….
The following entry appears in my ancestor’s weather reports: “1800. About May 4th Great Storms of Lightning Thunder & Hail at Windsor – Liverpool –… Read More »4th May 1800 – violent storms, an injured Turnpike-man, & great damage done.