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Daylight Saving – and the ingenious Dr Benjamin Franklin

Image courtesy of David Cohen, Unsplash To mark the fact that the clocks changed last night, a look at one of the ideas which triggered the whole question of daylight saving – a letter to the editor of The Journal of Paris dated 1784, from no less...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Mar 2021

Abstain from onions – if you want to avoid flatulencies, thirst, headaches or turbulent dreams.

My ancestor Richard Hall loved collecting what might be called ‘factoids’ – snippets of information presented as scientific facts, but often rather lacking in accuracy. One of his factoids, stored in his little notebook, reads: ‘Onions...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 25 Jun 2020

The cost of day labour – an inflationary twist.

We are used to all sorts of indices measuring inflation – retail prices being just one. I always like the Mars Bar Inflation Index, looking at the fluctuating cost of a simple piece of confectionery, after factoring in all the variables such as...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 18 Jun 2020

3 April 1789 – a day of thanksgiving for the recovery of His Majesty

Image of the King visiting St Paul’s, shown courtesy of the British Museum For four months towards the end of 1788 George III was incapacitated by illness – racked with pain and mental instability, the King’s conduct led to the first...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 23 Apr 2020

More Guinness please! Arthur Guinness (1725 – 1803) – a stout fellow if ever there was one.

This is the concluding part of my various blogs re-visiting some of my Irish-themed posts – a repeat of a post made seven years ago when I paid a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin: As a young boy at boarding school (yes, thanks for reminding...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 30 Sep 2019

Re-visiting Maria Cosway

Fake Or Fortune? Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce with the painting ‘Peniston Lamb II’, originally valued at £8,000 (Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick/BBC/PA Wire)   Last night the BBC aired the latest episode of ‘Fake or Fortune?’,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 2 Aug 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

Who’s nicked the Great Seal? 24th March 1784

Richard Hall rarely mentioned party politics in his diaries – I suspect that he simply wasn’t that interested. But he did mention politics and current events if he felt that they represented a threat to stable government and the rule of law....
From: Georgian Gentleman on 24 Mar 2019

Night-time travel – as long as there was a full moon.

Richard Hall’s diaries for 1780-85 I last kept a diary when I was at school, rather a lot of years ago, but I remember one thing about the diaries – Letts made them – and that was that they always showed the phases of the moon. Which...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 13 Feb 2019

31st December 1790 revisited – not a night to be out and about in Amsterdam.

To mark the end of the year, a snippet repeated from Richard’s diary for 1790: I have not come across a record of the disaster – although the century seems to have been marked by a number of catastrophic drownings in the canals around Amsterdam,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 31 Dec 2018

Yet another list …. another chance to check out the inventory of goods at One London Bridge, May 1794.

Following on from high-lighting some of Richard’s lists, here is a repeat of an earlier blog about the entire list of household contents at One London Bridge, at the time when Richard’s son William was in residence: When Richard and ...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 26 Apr 2018

Travel distances – and yet another list from the 1790s ….

Richard filled book after book with distances between towns which he visited, sometimes combined with the turnpike fees paid along the way. Here his list gives  the distances by road when travelling from Bath to Bristol, from Gloucester to Bath and...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 23 Apr 2018

Shopping lists, 1790/1

My ancestor Richard Hall loved lists – even lists of lists. Quite why some of these lists have survived the centuries is a bit of a mystery. OK, it has helped that the males in my family have all been inveterate hoarders, but I still find it strange...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 19 Apr 2018

Going away for a few days? A list of what to pack….

My idea of packing for a few days away is to put a few things in a suitcase and hope that I have remembered something waterproof. My Dear Lady’s Wife has a rather different approach: she sits down and makes a list. (Boring!) She would therefore...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 17 Apr 2018

The cost of travel in the 18th Century

I am always amazed at how much it cost to travel in the Georgian era – at least, if you wanted to do it in style rather than in the back of a hay waggon. In 1784 Richard Hall and his wife set off for Bourton on the Water from London – a two-day...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 14 Apr 2018

Young Hannah Haines Diary: "I will never be vaccinated again" 1897-191

Photo of the young diarist,  Hannah Wiswall Haines Webb  with her mother. Hannah was an only child, and was evidently doted on by parents and family alike.  A recent donation to the Newmarket, NH Historical Society is the diary of young...
From: SilkDamask on 11 Dec 2017

Freedom at last! But not much else happening in the Hall household, May 1767.

Sometimes the diaries of my ancestor are interesting because of what he does not say – and in a way his diary from May 1767 is a case in point: basically, he only remembers to talk about two things, health and the weather. Two hundred and fifty...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 5 May 2017

A review of the weather, 1794-5: frosts and floods – and snow for the entire month.

In an earlier  post I mentioned about Richard worrying about events around him – none more so than the British weather. Here is a page reviewing the weather trends in 1794/5:The page opens with the comment  that January 1794 saw considerable...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 18 Apr 2017

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 notes about what concerned him. Those concerns spilled out into his collection of day books and informal jottings –...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 16 Apr 2017

Exactly 217 years ago today: Remembering HMS Queen Charlotte – and a warning never to mix wooden ships with naked flames.

The diary entry of my ancestor Richard Hall, for March 1800, reads: “The Queen Charlotte Man of War took fire and blew up – it is feared not less than 700 lives are lost.” It was typical of many such diary entries of my ancestor, who...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 17 Mar 2017

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