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It cost me a cold

Travelling and bathing In June 1645 John Evelyn travelled from Rome to Venice. The journey left him extremely weary and so he decided to visit the ‘Bagnias’ to take a bath. He described the experience as follows: [The bath] treat after the...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 7 Oct 2020

Sanditon, Episodes One & Two Review: PBS Masterpiece: as inspired by Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel

Sanditon on PBS Masterpiece exceeded my expectations in some respects and not in others. It seems that a mixed reaction to this mini-series is not unusual. Many viewers in the UK loved it. Many did not. Some loathed it. Reading and hearing the opinions...
From: Jane Austen's World on 13 Jan 2020

At the Seaside in Regency England: A Poem from “News from Worthing,” 1807

Inquiring readers, Happy New Year! Are U.S. Austen fans ready for the countdown to Sanditon on PBS? Only 11 days remain until this eight-episode mini-series based on Jane Austen’s final novel fragment airs on Sunday nights. You can also stream each...
From: Jane Austen's World on 1 Jan 2020

Greco Roman Influences on Women’s Hairstyles During the Georgian Era

In the past, this blog published several articles on hairstyles for men and women in the Regency era. This post discusses hairstyles in Georgian times. During a recent visit to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, I had the pleasure of examining a small,...
From: Jane Austen's World on 23 Aug 2019

Sanditon: Coming to TV August 25th, 2019 and a PBS station near you in

Inquiring readers, It is confirmed!! Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last unfinished fragment of a novel has been adapted for television as an 8-episode mini-series by Andrew Davies, who adapted 1995’s Pride and Prejudice for the small screen. Mr....
From: Jane Austen's World on 22 Aug 2019

Regency Swimwear

We have previously written about the very popular invention of the Georgian bathing machines, so it’s time to take a look at what people wore to take a dip in the sea. It was in the Regency era that swimwear became really popular and very much a...
From: All Things Georgian on 14 May 2019

Eighteenth-century bathing machines

During the eighteenth and into the nineteenth-century it became fashionable and beneficial to enjoy the pleasures of swimming in the sea so, in order to preserve modesty, bathing machines were invented. These allowed the swimmer to enter the contraption...
From: All Things Georgian on 9 Apr 2019

How to Bathe in January, c. 7th century

Morgan Library, MS G.74, f. 19r"January... Four baths in the course of the month; soap with sodium carbonate diluted in wine. Make a compound skin lotion by mixing 3 lb. weight aloes, 1 lb. myrrh, 2 egg yolks; combine these and apply to the skin. This...
From: Ask the Past on 20 Jan 2019

How to Make It Through November, c. 7th c.

British Library, MS Add. 19352, f. 101v"November governs the watery phlegm. This month there must be no baths or anointing: if necessary, just two baths. Among meats, no deer or goat or wild boar or wild goat. All other meats of animals and birds may...
From: Ask the Past on 13 Nov 2018

An 1870's bathing suit

Last weekend I attended a Victorian sea holiday, and had a spledid time. And for that, among other things, I needed a bathing suit. I really liked The Mantua Maker's Grecian style bathing suit 1870-1890, and made it up in dark green wool crepe. Strictly...
From: Isis' Wardrobe on 27 Jul 2018

Summer plans; a Victorian weekend by the sea

You can see from the last posts I haven't’ been idle despite my lack of blogposts. I also have plans for the future. For the fifth year in a row, there'll be a Victorian weekend at Villa Fridhem, a Victorian boarding house outside Visby. It was...
From: Isis' Wardrobe on 11 May 2018

Catching Cold

John Evelyn was a seventeenth-century writer and gardener. He kept notes from which he compiled a diary, the Kalendarium. This tells the story of his life from 1620 through to 1706. During the era of the civil wars Evelyn spent
From: Early Modern Medicine on 8 Jun 2016

How to Shower, 1867

An Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy, 1844 "The shower bath, notwithstanding the abuse in its application and the consequent injury, is, when properly applied, one of the best baths ever employed... Begin with the water tepid, then change to...
From: Ask the Past on 18 Sep 2015

Not such a typical English summer’s day: a whirlwind hits Scarborough in 1823

Scarborough from the Spa by H.B. Carter (Government Art Collection)On Tuesday 24th June 1823 the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough experienced a sudden and ferocious whirlwind. The weather had been unseasonably cold for at least a fortnight, with...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jun 2015

The Bathing Habits of Queen Caroline

Today we welcome another guest to All Things Georgian, the lovely writer Laura Purcell  (, author of Queen of Bedlam. Laura has another book due to be released on the 4th August 2015 which is the  biographical story...
From: All Things Georgian on 14 May 2015

How to Wash Your Baby, c. 1320

Getty MS 1, f. 29v (c. 1360-70)"You should wash the baby after he has had a long nap. In warm weather, use tepid water. In cold weather, use warmer water, but never use scalding water. You should wash the baby two or three times a day, but take care...
From: Ask the Past on 24 Mar 2015

Keeping clean in the 18th century

The Bath by Sigmond Freudeberg, 1774One question that crops up again and again when I talk about 18thcentury cosmetics and hygiene is “Is it true that they never bathed?”  There is a widespread assumption that people who lived then lived their...
From: Madame Isis' Toilette on 14 Sep 2014

Bathroom - History of the Home [2/4]

Interestingly enough, I still remember some of these items in our 18th century family home, and also in my Grandparents home in South Wales. Wash bowls were accompanied by water jugs in each bedroom. We even had a closed stool with a fancy embroidered...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 27 May 2014

How to Bathe in Snow, 1837

Edward Robert Hughes, Heart of Snow (1907)"Many people who have not fairly tried it know not the value of snow for washing the face and hands. It is a genuine cosmetic prepared by Madame Nature without a particle of any poisonous vegetable, and offered...
From: Ask the Past on 17 Feb 2014

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