Regency Household: Cheap Roofing for Outhouses

This little gem was lifted from the Domestic Commonplace Book and included in the October 1817 edition of Ackermann’s Repository.  Most readers and writers thoughts fly to chamber pots and retiring rooms, but outhouses were also a “necessary” thing during the Regency. Jane Austen’s World has a deeper dive into privies, potties, and a book all about them: https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/privies-and-water-closets-by-david-j-eveleigh-a-review/  

Regency Travel: English Travelers Behaving Badly

Appearing in the September 1817 edition of Ackermann’s Repository, this is a first hand account of British travelers becoming persona non grata all over Europe.  I thought this was super interesting, and hope you enjoy it to.  It includes some etiquette and hints for Continental visitors.    

Regency Advertisements: Fashionable Silks

Appearing in the July 1817 Ackermann’s Repository, this ad for low priced silks on Hanway street from the latest French patterns. Hanway Street, near Tottenham Court Road, was originally formed in the early 18th century and was largely occupied by shopkeepers and tradesmen.  Today, it features many “offbeat” coffee bars, clubs and restaurants (https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/survey-of-london/tag/hanway-street/). According to Johnstone’s London Commercial Guide and Street Directory (1817), Samiel … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Paper Sandwich and Tea Tray

Appearing in the July 1817 Ackermann’s Repository Advertisement section, this ad for papered tea and sandwich trays emphasizes the interest in papered objects with an Asian influence during the Regency era: