Regency Pastimes: Activities for September

The Original Picture of London, Enlarged and Improved, 1826 For more on the Bartholomew Fair, check out this post.  For more on Drury Lane Theatre, check out this post.

Regency Household: A Hunting Lodge

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This beautiful hunting lodge plate and description appeared in the May 1816 edition of Ackermann’s Repository.  The large windows are meant to pull nature into the manly domain, reminding me very much of the hunting box being designed by the hero in Laura Matthews’ A Curious Courting.

Regency Health and Medicine: Worm Lozenges

La Belle Assemblee, December 1817 John Ching patented a medicine for “destroying worms” on July 11, 1796.  The two types of lozenges, brown and yellow, were for morning and night respectively (Operative Chymist, 1997). Sold until the 1860s, both contained mercury. Here is a recipe (The Family Oracle of Health: Economy, Medicine, and Good Living, 1824)  To read about a child’s death from and the father’s campaign against these lozenges: … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Actors and Housing

Moniker/Name: Alyson Pearce Source of Question: Research Your Question: Hello! I’m writing a different sort of Regency romance and I had a question regarding living conditions. My main character is a Drury Lane actor making roughly £350/year, a figure that was calculated from receipts which show midrange actors earning £6-10/week. He’s a single man with no children. What kind of lifestyle would that £350/year afford … Expand