Tagged with Regency Hot Spots

Regency (H)Not Spots: Millbank Prison

I started reading Affinity by Sarah Waters, in conjunction with some lighter fare (including Heyerwood) which features Millbank Prison as a main location/character of the novel. Originally constructed as the National Penitentiary, which was to include a holding facility for soon to be transported (to Australia) criminals, Millbank was opened in 1816 in Pimlico.  Students … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: The River Thames Frost Fair

Between 1400 and 1814, The River Thames froze over approximately 26 times.    The Great Freeeze of 1683-1684 prompted the first commercial and full scale “Frost Fair”.  Taken advantage of the thick layer of ice covering the Thames, stalls selling everything from printers to barbers, butchers to bakers set up tents to ply their wares.  Games … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: The Bartholomew Fair

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the charter fair was a street fair or market established by Royal Charter.  Originally held as markets for merchant trading, by the 19th century the charter fair began to shift towards entertainment as the main attraction. One of the most notable summer charter fairs was Bartholomew Fair, held for … Continue reading

Regency H(N)ot Spots: Harrogate

High Harrogate and Low Harrogate came to birth around the 17th century as two separate developments.  In north Yorkshire, it is an iron and sulphur rich spa spot which became know as “The English Spa” during the Georgian era. Known as England’s “Floral District,” Harrogate  has a massive public space called The Stray which was … Continue reading

Regency Hot (R-Rated) Spots: 28 Charlotte Street

As a crow flies north of Soho in London, Theresa Berkley made a living spanking naughty gentlemen. The inventor of the “chevalet” or “Berkley Horse”, she was the original dominatrix and her brothel on 28 Charlotte Street specialized in BDSM.  A high class establishment it helped Theresa Berkley amass no small fortune. There were other … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Haymarket Theatre

Originally established in 1720, The Theatre Royal Haymarket (or Haymarket Theatre), has had a long and distinguished place in history of London.  By 1820, the theater company moved next door into the building designed by John Nash–its current home. However, during the Regency it was still in its original location on ther former site of … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Gretna Green

Like the Las Vegas of Georgian and Regency England, Gretna Green most prominently is featured in hist-ro plots as the site for elopements and runaway marriages. But how did this one city develop into the beacon of hope for star-crossed lovers and romance novelists looking to add some scandal and intrigue into their plots? There … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Tattersall’s

Richard Tattersall founded his namesake in 1766, the oldest blood-stock auctioneer and one of the largest in Europe (Tattersalls.com). A former groom to the 2nd Duke of Kingston, his successes allowed him to become an entrepreneuring gentleman. Originally located in Hyde Park Corner (oft referred to as “The Corner”) just outside of London, Tattersall’s consisted … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Almacks

Almack’s Assembly Rooms.  That bastion and beacon of the haute ton.  Moreover, it was one of the first London clubs that admitted both men and women. Opened Feb. 20, 1756 on King Street in St. James, exclusivity of the club was managed by the six or seven Lady Patronesses, who gave non-transferrable annual vouchers to … Continue reading

Regency Hot Spots: Gunters

Inspired by the blog all about Georgiana England (see blogroll) I decided to start my own little lessons in history to share with readers. Fans of the Regency will oft see places mentioned in the pages of their hist-ro, and perhaps not know the real deal.  As an author, I have delved the pages of … Continue reading