Tag Archives: Gardens

Sir John Soane’s House:   A Slice of Regency London

In fact, this historic house museum in the heart of London is closer to its Regency appearance than it has been for more than a century. Over the course of the past seven years, a major renovation has been conducted … Continue reading

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That "Wicked and Pernicious Weed"

For such was one of the common condemnations of hops in early sixteenth century England. The hop plant was also considered to be an "unwholesome weed that promoted melancholy." Yet, within the next three centuries, not only were hops no … Continue reading

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Gooseberry Clubs in Regency Britain

Gooseberry clubs, or societies, were first formed in England in the mid-eighteenth century, but they reached their peak of popularity during the Regency, along with the national craze for gooseberries. Yet few people today are aware of that craze, or … Continue reading

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The Paragon, Blackheath

Regency authors in need of a respectable residence for any of their upper middle class characters might want to consider settling them in The Paragon, an elegant crescent of semi-detached Georgian town houses situated southeast of the center of London. … 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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Before the Box Spring:   Mattresses in the Regency

There have been mattresses on this planet for nearly as long as there have been humans living anywhere on it. In fact, the mattress maybe the oldest furniture form made by humans. Certainly, by the Regency, mattresses had come a … Continue reading

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Rural Residences by John B. Papworth

Quite serendipitously, I discovered that the original edition of one of my favorite books on Regency architecture was uploaded to the Internet Archive just last week. I first encountered this delightful little book when I was conducting research for my … Continue reading

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