Regency Culture and Society: The Cock Lane Ghost

Cock Lane - Credit: Mackay, Charles (1852(1852)) "Haunted Houses

The Cock Lane ghost actually occurred in 1762, but is such an interesting anecdote, I wanted to share (and it was still listed in guide books to London during the Regency era, so apparently still of interest to visitors to Town.) No. 33 Cock-Lane in West Smithfield was a small, three story house near St. Paul’s.  The story goes as follows:     THE MIRROR OF … Expand

Wendy Lyn Watson: Once Upon A Wallflower

A Perennial Wallflower… When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous, yet devastatingly handsome lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. A Gothic Villain… Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred … Expand

Regency Women of Character: Miss Nash

Featured in the August 1816 La Belle Assemblee, Miss Nash was a notable actress and singer during the Regency era.  Although I wasn’t able to find much on her personal life, her reviews were very often rave; the Theatrical Inquisitor called her a “perfect representative of beauty and innocence” with a performance unsurpassed (The Theatrical Inquisitor, Or, Monthly Mirror, Volume 8) and characterized her singing … Expand

Julie Klassen: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her–a longtime friend–has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen … Expand