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Some British Inns

Author: True Temperance Association (London, England) Title: Some British Inns. Publication: [London] : The True Temperance Association, Donington House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London, [1930-1945] Catalog Record 63 930 T865 Acquired May 2022
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 31 Oct 2022

7 things you should know about St George’s Chapel Windsor

Located within the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel has become synonymous with royal weddings, baptisms, funerals and burials. It is here that Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest after her funeral at Westminster Abbey. However, the...
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 13 Sep 2022

Top Tudor Castles (and ice cream): Part 1

England is blessed with a large number of castles (both ruined and adapted for later use) many of which are of interest to fans of the Tudor period. It is also often possible to combine two of my favourite pasttimes – visiting historic sites and eating...
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 22 Jul 2022

Another day, another Georgian Garden …

Melbourne Hall from the lake Before Capability Brown, and before rococo whimsicalities, there were gardens designed in the French style. Two names dominated the English garden scene at the start of the 18th Century: George London and Henry Wise. Copying...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 4 Jul 2022

Sezincote – a monument to the way the British Empire looted India – or an inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion?

A few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is a remarkable house built in 1805, known as Sezincote. With its Georgian adaptation of traditional Indian architecture from an earlier century, it is easy to dismiss it as a bit of whimsy, with its...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 26 Jun 2022

To Washington, and the Library of Congress …

The Capitol Building The George Washington Memorial This week I visited Washington, for the first time. Just my luck to find that everything was closed for President’s Day the first day after I arrived. But unlike British Bank Holidays, when it always...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Feb 2022

Sherborne Castle – a fascinating time capsule.

The Capability Brown lake It is a strange experience – moving to a new area (Sherborne in Dorset) and not being able to look around local places of interest because of lock-down, and realizing that after twelve months I had never even seen inside the...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Aug 2021

Durhm Saugur, Comilla

A Bangladeshi hunting scene showing three riders, one a woman riding side-saddle, following a pack of hounds; Indian servants and an English family in the foreground.   Title: Durhm Saugur, Comilla [graphic]. Publication: [Comilla, Bangladesh?]...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 27 Apr 2021

Renaissance and Reign of Terror

1904 was a big year in Salem’s commemorative history: it was the centennial of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth, and his birthplace received both regional and national attention. This was squarely in the midst of the time when Witch City and Hawthorne/Colonial...
From: streets of salem on 12 Mar 2021

Stripped and Razed

I’m in the intense period of writing my book with a March 1 deadline looming, so posts are going to be very spotty over the next few weeks, but today, I needed a break from my ploughmen and practitioners. There’s a lost building in Salem with...
From: streets of salem on 16 Jan 2021

The End of Mill Hill?

Place names are a topic I have not explored much on this blog, which is odd, as they represent a major entry into the local past. There’s a great article in the old Essex Institute Historical Collections (Volume 31, 1894-95; it was also printed...
From: streets of salem on 28 Jan 2020

Requiem for a Carriage House

There is nothing, nothing, that is worse than neglect, of anything that is in your care. I am always material-minded so I’m going straight to architecture: demolition by neglect infuriates me. It’s expensive to own an old house: I have...
From: streets of salem on 4 Sep 2019

A Genteel Boarding House in Salem

My fascination with the newly-digitized glass plate negatives of Frank Cousins, documenting Salem at the turn of the last century, continues: right now I’m curious to know all there is to know about the legendary Doyle Mansion on Summer Street,...
From: streets of salem on 9 Jul 2019

11th April 1758: A repeat visit to the fire at London Bridge

In 1758 Richard Hall was living in the area of Southwark called the Bridgefoot when London Corporation decided “to do something” about London Bridge. Until 1749 it had been the only structure linking the North and South banks of the River...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 11 Apr 2019

New York, New York – a Georgian cornucopia!

At first sight you would not expect to find much in New York which would resonate with a Georgian fanatic – but I am delighted to say that if you look, it is amazing how much you can find! I started off by taking a taxi to the heart of the financial...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Mar 2019

This 18th century sealers cottage on KI is as original as they come. Australia.

PRE-DATING the first settlement of South Australia, an original stone cottage on Kangaroo Island is believed to have been built by seal catchers who occupied the island in the early 18th century.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 10 Aug 2018

18th-Century Kitchen Features Uncovered at Monticello

18th-Century Kitchen Features Uncovered at Monticello
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 11 Jan 2018

More on La Granja…. Spain’s royal gem.

Following on from my recent post about  the remarkable 18th Century palace at La Granja, near Segovia, here are a few more pictures to whet the appetite. The first five are all based on official photos used on postcards issued by ‘Archivo fotografico...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Nov 2017

La Granja – rather more than a poor man’s Versailles

One of the advantages of being a Georgian Gentleman is that time-travel doesn’t only have to be backwards – it can also be sideways, giving a chance to explore what else was going on in the world while we in Britain were saddled with the Hanoverians…...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Nov 2017

Hallowed House

There have been several Salem houses—houses that are no longer standing—that have haunted me; I get almost desperate to find out as much as I possibly can about them and if and when I do I’m done. If they remain inscrutable, they remain...
From: streets of salem on 25 Sep 2017

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