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Regency Crime and Punishment: The Bow Street Runners

“In fiction as well as in reality the dramatic element nearly always was supplied by the Bow Street Runner, popularly supposed to be a miracle of detective skill though indeed at the beginning of the century the establishment at Bow Street for the detection of crime was of a character that would have made a … Continue reading

Regency Science and Invention: Pollution

“Hell is a city much like London — A Populous and smoky city” -Shelley At the later part of the 18th century, as the beginning stages of the industrial revolution began to change the face of country and city life, the increasing use of hydrocarbon fuels including coal, oil and natural gas resulted in one … Continue reading

Regency Science and Invention: Illustrations of Madness

John Haslam, Bethlem’s resident apothecary, undertook the enormous task of cataloguing an unknown condition paranoid schizophrenia.  Determined not to allow the release of James Tilly Matthews, a London tea broker who suffered delusions of the political variety, in 1810 Haslam detailed verbatim accounts of Matthew’s hallucinations and beliefs and became the first to conduct a … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam)

This is Bethlem Hospital in Moorgate (above)  It moved from its spot on Bishopsgate Street (by current Liverpool Station) to Moorfields in 1675 until a new building was completed in St. George’s Fields, Southwark in 1815 (below).  Moorfields housed refugees, poor, and the unsavory of the victims of Great Fire of 1666.  It was therefore … Continue reading