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 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