Regency Reader Questions: Hyde Park and Driving in the Dark

Question: All the schedules I can find indicate that one called on acquaintances at 5 pm or later.  And that the “fashionable hour” was from about 4:30 to 7:30 pm. If the Season was basically winter, that means people were shopping and promenading driving in Hyde Park in the dark. In dark and dreary weather. Yet no one says, these things happened in the dark … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Nevermind the Bungling Imitations

From the 1818 Ackermann’s Repository…patented self-adjusting trusses. Don’t be fooled by the bungling imitators 🙂

Regency Events: 1810 and the Resistance in America

“Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers.” Tecumseh 1810 marked the decade of Waterloo.  Beyond the glittering ballrooms of Town, the world was rapidly changing.  Across the Atlantic, Shawnee leader Tecumseh was urging for pan-Indian resistance to westward expansion by white settlers (  The speech (see previous … Expand

Regency Events: The London Beer Flood of 1814

Meux Brewery

In looking into breweries in London, I ran into the story of the Great London Beer Flood of 1814….and thought this was a great opportunity to start a new blog category: Regency Events! On October 17, 1814 in St. Giles at around 5:30 PM, a huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons of beer (roughly 1.3 million pints) ruptured at the Meux and Company Brewery.  A wave … Expand