Category Archives: Sport

Aspects of Regency Sports and Games

The Dandy Chargers — The 2019 Riding Schedule

As regular visitors here know, one of the pleasures of spring is the arrival of the schedule for the Dandy Chargers riding season. I suspect that, like me and many other Regency aficionados, Georgette Heyer would be pleased to know … Continue reading

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The Parachute Through the Regency

Certainly, our Regency ancestors did not enjoy the sport of skydiving. However, a functional parachute had been invented some years before the Prince of Wales became Regent. In fact, a woman had made a successful parachute jump in the last … Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers — 2018 Riding Season

Those intrepid Dandy Chargers will embark on their eighteenth year of appearances in Regency dress, riding their Regency-era hobby horses. Those are the delightful vehicles which were also known as draisiennes, velocipedes, dandy horses and pedestrian curricles during our favorite … Continue reading

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Knucklebones:   From Oracles to Games

Though it may seem rather ghoulish to toy with knucklebones taken from the skeletons of various animals, people have actually done it for millenia. Many children, and even some adults, were still doing it during the Regency. And some of … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Henry Angelo Senior Forced to Retire

Though the exact date is not certain, it is known that at some time near the end of September of 1817, Henry Angelo, Senior, the son of the founder of the famous fencing academy on Old Bond Street, was forced … Continue reading

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Shinty:   Game or Brawl?

In the Regency, it could be both, depending upon where and how it was played. Shinty is an ancient game, so old that no one really knows where or who played the first game. But it was certainly played in … Continue reading

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Of Taw, or Marbles, Through the Regency

Games played using small spheres have been in existence for centuries. Such games were also played in many parts of Britain during the Regency. Games of marbles are still played around the world, even today. However, there have been some … Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers — 2017 Riding Schedule

This is a very significant year for the Dandy Chargers. Not only is it their seventeenth season as an organized group of pedestrian hobby horse enthusiasts, it is also the bicentennial anniversary of the invention of that uniquely Regency vehicle. … Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers — Strides for 2016

What has become a spring tradition here at the Redingote is the posting of the schedule of appearances for the Dandy Chargers’ season. This year’s schedule is particularly special since two of the venues have very strong connections to the … Continue reading

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Backgammon in England During the Regency

Backgammon is a board or "table" game which has roots going back to ancient times. In fact, most scholars believe it even pre-dates chess, and is the oldest known board game. The game was certainly known in England during the … Continue reading

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Draughts or Checkers — A Brief History

Checkers, or Draughts, are two different names for the same board game. One is more commonly used in England, while the other is most common in America. Curiously, in this case, it is the former colonies of England which uses … Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers Ride — The 2015 Season

Never was an email more welcome than the one I got earlier this week. This has been the worst, most snowiest winter ever in Boston this year. And even now, though the calendar says it is spring, the temperatures are … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Cricket Match at Lord’s “New” Ground

This Sunday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the first cricket match played at Lord’s brand new cricket ground in St. John’s Wood. However, this was not the first cricket ground established by Thomas Lord, or even the second. It was, … Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers — 2014 Riding Season

Thanks to a dedicated group of aficionados known as the Dandy Chargers, the velocipede, which Georgette Heyer fans know as the pedestrian curricle, is not a thing of the past. Each year, the Dandy Chargers don Regency dress and ride … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Running of the 1000 Guineas Stakes

Two hundred years ago, this coming Monday, the first running of the 1000 Guineas Stakes took place on the Newmarket racecourse. This race was the last of the five Classic English flat races to be established, all of which are … Continue reading

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Billiards in the Regency

The Regency version of the game was played very differently than the way it is played today. It required only three balls, no rack and a mace was used as often as a cue. The only similarity between modern-day pool … Continue reading

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The Rolling of the Cheese in Regency England

This past week, the fellow who reports on sport for the local public radio station did a tongue-in-cheek piece on the recent cheese rolling event which took place in Gloucestershire, England. His intent was to remind his listeners there were … Continue reading

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