I love it when I find some unexpected bit of history while researching a totally unrelated topic. That’s what happened when I was researching famous places in Regency London, and stumbled across a reference to one of London’s most famous and … Continue reading
Category Archives: Regency Locations
No. 10 Downing Street’s American Connection
Look what I discovered while researching Whitehall . . . The land on which Downing Street stands was once owned by Sir George Downing. He was raised in New England (his uncle was New York’s Governor Winthrop), and he was … Continue reading
U.S. Taxes and the Bank of England
I’m thinking about money today, because I’m getting ready to file my income tax return for 2018 (the deadline for filing is tomorrow here in the U.S.). As I bid farewell to an admittedly small amount of money that I … Continue reading
Scenes from Cheapside
I’m working on a new story; it’s a variation on Pride and Prejudice that centers on the mayhem caused by Lydia’s elopement with Wickham. Some of the scenes will take place in the London home of the Gardiners in Cheapside. … Continue reading
My Garage Sale Find
It’s true what they say about one man’s trash. I should know. I’ve found a few treasures of my own while browsing through jumbles of used items other people have for sale. I never know what I’m going to find in … Continue reading
I learned a new Regency word last week …
… and that word is girandole. A girandole is a type of wall sconce for use with candles. Typically, girandoles had a backing made of mirrors or tin or some other reflective material that would increase the candles’ light. They … Continue reading
Yeah, I bought more books. Got a problem with that?
My To-Be-Read pile is sky high. I probably have more books waiting to be read than any one person can hope to get through. So last week I did the only reasonable thing I could do as a healthy, devoted … Continue reading
Want to Walk the Streets of Meryton?
Did you know Castle Asby in Northamptonshire inspired Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park? Or that Lacock in Wiltshire was used as the setting for Meryton in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice? These are just a couple of the reveals … Continue reading