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Coppicing and Pollarding

Coppicing and pollarding are essentially two different methods of pruning trees and large shrubs, both of which have been practiced across Europe for millenia. And both were practiced regularly in Regency Britain, though for slightly different purposes. Most people who … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   20th Anniversary of the Fishguard Invasion

Two hundred years ago this week, at least some of the residents of the tiny village of Fishguard in Wales, certainly the women, were preparing to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of what had been (and still is) the last attempt … Continue reading

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1816:   The Year in Review

The year 1816 was the first full year of the Regency period in which the people of British Isles were able to enjoy peace. There were no ongoing conflicts in Europe, with Napoleon Bonaparte in his final exile on the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Invention of the Stethoscope

Two hundred years ago, it was a French doctor who developed the first version of this now essential medical device, in part to preserve the utmost decorum during his examination of his female patients. It is rather remarkable that his … Continue reading

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Glass Witch Balls

These hand-blown glass balls were used in many places across Britain for at least three hundred years before the Regency began. They were still being made and used in Britain during the Regency. Their purpose and intended use varied with … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse Girls:   An Army of Two

"Once upon a time, two young women saved their town from an attack by the British Navy."   Sounds like the first line of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? But in fact, this event actually took place, and during the … Continue reading

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How Prevailing Winds Made Mayfair

During the Regency, the Mayfair area was the most exclusive and fashionable residential district in the city of London. The majority of the wealthiest and most socially prominent members of society had town homes in that area. In addition, some … Continue reading

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