Regency Science and Invention: The Calculating Engine

  Loving the friendly face of Charles Babbage and his amazing inventions, I did a post on him many years ago.  Recently, a reader from the Netherlands wrote me a very kind and informative email to share that Babbage was supported by the genuis of Ada Lovelace, Byron’s only legitimate daughter. Ada has never been featured as a Regency Woman of Character primarily because she … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Awards Night


    Published in the July 1821 issue of Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions &c this list of awards provides an interesting window in to honored arts, agricultural achievements and inventions.  I love how women are thoroughly represented (albeit in the arts categories). The image is from a 2011 auction of a medal given in 1794, so apparently a few of these are still in … Expand

Regency Science and Invention: London’s Gaslights


Leigh’s new picture of London; or, A view of the … British metropolis, 1818 Gas lights in London during the Regency were a thing of wonder rather than commonplace.  1807 saw experimental lamps installed in Pall Mall to celebrate George III’s birthday and by 1813 the Gas Light and Coke Company lit up the Westminster Bridge (  By 1826 almost every large city and town … Expand

Regency Science and Invention: Coffee and the Art of Preparing It

Appearing in the February 1813 edition of the Philosophical Magazine, the improved coffee pot purported to make better coffee than pots of the past. DH and I are converts for the last decade to the French Press after years of drip coffee and a couple of years experimenting with an early home espresso machine.  I, however, fondly remember growing up hearing the familiar sound and … Expand