Category Archives: 18th Century

The Platter-Faced Pin Basket in the Nicknackatory

Snippets 210.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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The Looby with a Malmsey Nose

Snippets 195.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Malfunctions

Quick Quotes 22. The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances. His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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Jerrycummumbling Inkle Weavers

Snippets 179.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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“A Few Extra Glasses”… Fire!

Snippets 172.  The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances.  His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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Murder Solved by a Ghost

Creepy History 50.  As part of our October journey through the dark and scary corners of history, the following quote is taken from Apparitions: A Narrative of Facts, by Bourchier Wrey Savile (1817-1888), published in 1874.  As part of a … Continue reading

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The Beresford Ghost

Creepy History 48.  It’s that time of year again!  October will again be a “creepy” month on Windows into History, so let’s kick things off with an account of a ghostly visitor in 1704, retold many times over the years.  … Continue reading

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Gollup up, Gollumpus!

Snippets 167.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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Hellgate, Newgate, Cripplegate and Billingsgate

Snippets 146. In the late 18th Century a familiar family nicknamed “Newgate, Cripplegate, Billingsgate and Hellgate” were notorious among the aristrocracy. Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore, was known as Hellgate, and lived a short and wild life, dying at the … Continue reading

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Drunken Actors

Snippets 145.  In almost every generation there has been an actor who is known for turning up drunk to work.  They often became famous for it, and all the more popular.  In Thomas Munden’s biography of his father, well-known actor … Continue reading

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