Category Archives: History

Inland Sandcastles

Snippets 152.  In 1845 Victoria Park opened in London, and soon became a popular place for the working people of the East End of London to relax and enjoy playing games.  For many of the local children it would have … Continue reading

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How to dress a child in 1904

Quick Quotes 19.  The following quote is taken from On the Healthy Home Life of School Children, by Professor Dr. Leo Burgerstein, published in English in 1904 and translated from the original German text by R.T. Williamson. The clothing should … Continue reading

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A Railway Celebration

In 1864 Midhurst’s first railway station opened, to service the line to Petersfield.  Two years later a second station was opened, to service the line to Pulborough.  It took nearly 20 years for a line to open linking Midhurst to … Continue reading

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Drapery Misses

Snippets 151.  In Lord Byron’s Don Juan there is a puzzling verse: The milliners who furnish “drapery Misses” Throughout the season, upon speculation Of payment ere the honey-moon’s last kisses Have waned into a crescent’s coruscation, Thought such an opportunity … Continue reading

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Nature’s Freezer

Quick Quotes 18. The following is taken from Travels in Lower Canada, by Joseph Sansom (1820): Quebec is subjected to frequent rains, by the neighbouring mountains which arrest the clouds in its vicinity; and it has little to boast of … Continue reading

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Beauty and Misery

Quick Quotes 17. The following is taken from Travels in Lower Canada, by Joseph Sansom (1820): On my return toward Quebec, I proceeded more leisurely than I had done in coming down, and now found time to admire the beautiful … Continue reading

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Life and death in Rio

Snippets 150 / Guest Post 14.  Henry Arthur Broome was born in 1857, the youngest child of the Vicar of Houghton in Norfolk. He was the perfect example of a Victorian “rolling stone”, seldom staying more than a couple of … Continue reading

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