Look, everyone gets to do a blog about the coronation, so why shouldn’t I? Much is made of the fact that the current monarch wants… Read More »The coronation of George III in 1761 – a comparison with the crowning of Charles III in 2023
Would my ancestor have noticed an Irish connection on 17th March as he grew up in London in the middle of the eighteenth Century? Almost… Read More »Another look at St. Patrick’s Day in the Eighteenth Century
I recently came across this Carington Bowles print on the wonderful Lewis Walpole site here. I was looking for images of windmills, and sure enough,… Read More »Of windmills, riots and the cost of bread – 1766
Idly leafing through back-numbers of The Gentleman’s Magazine (as one does) I came across this obituary from November 1787: I… Read More »A contented beggar goes to meet his Maker, November 1787
“Mountebank” ( n): A charlatan. According to Wikipedia (and we all know that to be the fount of all knowledge don’t we, boys and girls) the word… Read More »Beware the mountebank preying upon the vitals of the unwary!
I was intrigued by this advertisement in the Stamford Mercury, which appeared at the end of October 1777. I had not come across “English Coffee”… Read More »“English Coffee – so salubrious to the body.” A cure for everything…
While doing some research for my book on Astley and his circus* I was intrigued by some of the newspaper advertisements – especially this one dating… Read More »See the fireworks at Astley’s Circus 9th May 1796 !
I came across this newspaper cutting from 1776 and thought how little has changed over the ensuing centuries: So, I think we can take it… Read More »26th October 1776: disorderly conduct amongst the lower orders.
I have a terrible confession: I am not particularly a cat-person. That, against a background of knowing that a huge majority of my followers on… Read More »A crackling pussy – always good for seeing in the dark.