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Regency Bicentennial:   Enclosure of Finchley Common

During most of the Regency, Finchley Common was exactly that, common land on which local inhabitants had the right to graze their animals and gather fuel for their fires. For more than a century, it was also notorious as the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Davy Tests His Safety Lamp

Two hundred years ago, tomorrow, Sir Humphrey Davy tested his mine safety lamp in a working coal mine. Davy had invented and perfected his safety lamp in the autumn 1815. Was this first test a success? More importantly, was the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Publication of Emma

Two hundred years ago, this coming Wednesday, Jane Austen’s novel, Emma was published. Though it was not the last of her novels which would go to press, it was the last she would see published in her lifetime. The heroine … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Birth of Ada Byron (Lovelace)

Two hundred years ago, yesterday, a baby girl was born in Piccadilly. Though she would be her mother’s only child, she is believed to be her father’s second, but first legitimate, daughter. This little girl was, of course, Augusta Ada … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Robert Adams — Found, then Lost

Two hundred years ago this month, an American man, who had been found that fall begging in the streets of London, boarded a ship bound for America, and promptly disappeared from history. Yet, he left behind him a most remarkable … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Naughty Nappy Hits the Press

In the autumn of 1815, the news had reached Europe that the British Royal Navy ship, HMS Northumberland, had dropped anchor in the harbor of the island of St. Helena, on 15 October 1815. Napoleon Bonaparte and his small retinue … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Byron’s Drury Lane Déjà Vu

In the summer of 1814, there were a plethora of festivities held in London in celebration of what was believed to be the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte and the return of peace to Europe. One of those celebrations was … Continue reading

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