Category Archives: Snippets

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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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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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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Bald head? Use some beef.

Snippets 149.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  Some of the advice might not have stood the test of time, so it is probably best to read the … Continue reading

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The Legend of “She”

Snippets 148 / Guest Post 13. Major Tudor Trevor, known to his friends as “Toodles”, was born in 1865, the sixteenth of seventeen children. The Trevor family was Welsh and could trace its history back centuries. Trevor spent forty years living … Continue reading

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Soup, soup and soup please.

Snippets 147.  On October 22nd 1881 the first ever issue of Tit-Bits was published, with a simple aim of extracting all the best quotes from other newspapers, magazines and books.  It was successful enough to run for over a hundred … 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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