Regency Women of Character: “Unbecoming” Lady Drivers

I was doing some research and ran across this account of women drivers in Hyde Park from a very starched up sexist American, and thought it was too interesting not to share.  Not the misogynistic part, the bad-a lady driving part. A Journal of Travels in England, Holland and Scotland, 1820   Almost thirty years later, there seemed to be a more practical approach to ladies … Expand

Regency Travel: London to Bath

Leigh’s New Pocket Road Book of England, Wales, and Part of Scotland, on the Plan of Reichard’s Itineraries(1825)has not only some great info on distances to places via Coaching Roads, but also some travel guide tips.  Very much like those guides I use to carry around before the days of the interwebs, this guide features not only some of the best sites along your tour, but … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Mail Coach Routes from London

Gray’s new book of roads. The tourist and traveller’s guide to the roads…(1824) is a super handy guide of travelling in the UK. Things like distance, route, and local networks are expounded on in gorgeous detail. I wish I had found this earlier, and can’t wait to put it to work. Maps of each of the counties are in the back and there is an … Expand

Regency Pastimes: Hunting the Squirrel

Sporting Magazine, Volume 18, 1801 Apparently, there was also a co-ed dance like game called Hunt the Squirrel which was very naughty indeed: The sports and pastimes of the people of England, New ed. by W. Hoone, 1850