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 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 Hot Spot: Hyde Park and Rotten Row

I envision myself in a whalebone corset set high in curricle wearing a fashionable bonnet and politely greeting acquaintances in Rotten Row. And then I am thankful that I don’t have to wear a bloody corset. But in the Regency, if I were gentry of Quality this would have been commonplace. Situated by Mayfair, Hyde Park is one of the largest London parks.  Divided by … Expand