History Repeating

By GeneaGeek | General historical tidbits that I found interesting.

Diary of 18th century sailor provides fascinating insight into life below decks in Nelson's navy

A unique record of the British navy between 1790 and 1833 that was compiled by a sailor has emerged in the US.<p>The diary of George Hodge shows the …

Some early 19th-century prison escapes

In 2015 I wrote about the 1816 escape of six prisoners from Newgate in 1816 (they knotted blankets together) and also of the daring exploits of bank …

Photos of historical England 'challenge Downton Abbey myth'

Images of 19th and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty as well as grand old buildings<p>Images of factories, schools, universities and civic buildings rising among old streetscapes – but also of rotting houses, barefoot children and faces pinched with poverty – have been …

‘The Foulest Place of Mine Arse is Fairer than thy Face’

On Michaelmas Eve, 1544, two women came to blows in the open street in Winchester.<p>We know who they were. We know the approximate time (two in the …

The Forgotten Treehouse Bars of Bygone Summers in Paris

<i>T</i>here was once a place that drew crowds of Parisians away from their grand boulevards and sidewalk cafés to rediscover their inner child, wine & dine …

Paris

This guy used over 80,000 old photographs to create a Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s

OldNY<p>New York City has a long and sprawling history, but looking at the city today, it's hard to tell what it looked like in the past. Luckily, an …

New York City

Dazzling 'Then And Now' Photos Show London's Changing Face

London Then and Now is a wonderful book which takes old photos of London and recreates the scene from the same spot. It's by no means a new idea, but …

Fairies, both good and evil, in Irish traditional music and song

Posted 28 January 2013<p><b>Fairies, both good and evil, in Irish traditional music and song</b><p>Belief in the fairy world or a sphere of existence parallel to …

The house that time forgot: Mother and sons keep family home frozen in the 1920s for 70 YEARS with original decoration, food and furniture

• The suburban semi-detached house at 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, was the home of the Straw family, who were grocers<br>• After William Straw senior died …

Violent Rabbit Illustrations Found in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts

The typical depiction of a rabbit, especially when used in Medieval art and literature, is an image of purity and innocence—a harmless puff of cuddly …

Smithsonian

The Complicated History of One of England's Most Famous Trees

History Today<p><i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>Following his defeat at …

History

Poor, alone and shipped against their will to the other side of the world: The untold story of Ireland's 'Potato Orphans', the teenagers sent to Australia to be married off to convict settlers

• <b>The 'Potato Orphans' are a largely concealed part of Australia's history</b>• <b><br>Gail Newman was shocked to discover the tragic past of her ancestor</b>• <b><br>Jane</b> …

Where's a Witch to Rest? Chimney Stacks and Witches' Seats.

There is a curious sight that can still be seen today in the Channel Islands: the legendary witches' seat or stone.<p>In evidence in both Jersey and …

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Blackfriars<p>Following its recent revamp, Blackfriars has become the only station to span the Thames, with entrances on both banks. It's named for a …

How Suffragists Used Cookbooks As A Recipe For Subversion

In the new Meryl Streep period movie <i>Suffragette</i>, Englishwomen march on the streets, smash shop windows and stage sit-ins to demand the vote. Less well-known is that across the pond, a less cinematic resistance was being staged via that most humble vehicle: the cookbook.<p>Between 1886, when the first …

The American dream is back. We’re going to create an environment for small business like we haven’t had in many, many …

New Piece of a 2,200-Year-Old Roman Puzzle Emerges, Bringing Together Ancient Map of Rome

Maps are a useful modern tool, telling us how to get places, showing us where borders lie, and illustrating the distance between two places. While …

A Pauper's History of England

This evocative read gives an idea of what life was like in the gutter, whether joining the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 or enjoying a gin-soaked night of …

Dunwich: The storms that destroyed 'lost town'

<b>Evidence of violent storms that destroyed a lost town known as Britain's Atlantis has been uncovered.</b><p>The finds were uncovered off the coast of Dunwich, Suffolk - a small village which in the 11th Century was one of the largest towns in England.<p>The town was hit by a succession of storms in the 13th …

Archaeology

The Last Bound Feet Of China

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China

The Execution of "The Yorkshire Witch"

Mary Bateman (Mary Harker; Asenby, Yorkshire, England, 1768 – York, England, 20th March 1809)<p>Today we meet a lady who was known to Georgian England …

Bronze Age wheel at 'British Pompeii' Must Farm an 'unprecedented find'

<b>A complete Bronze Age wheel believed to be the largest and earliest of its kind found in the UK has been unearthed.</b><p>The 3,000-year-old artefact was found at a site dubbed "Britain's Pompeii", at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire.<p>Archaeologists have described the find - made close to the country's …

Archaeology

Angel Meadow

'Dean Kirby has Angel Meadow in his blood. When his ancestor, William Kirby, fled Ireland, where the Famine was laying waste great swathes of the …

How to restore virginity - advice from Caterina Sforza

<b>If you follow the advice of Caterina Sforza, “you will see that thing become so narrow that you yourself will be in admiration.”</b><p>Caterina Sforza<p>The …

Medieval

Victorian Valentine's Day Traditions of Your Ancestors

Victorian Valentine’s Day Traditions Show We Celebrate in Similar Ways<p>Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And while this day of romantic love …

Valentine's Day

Dissections

DISSECTION by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson<p>ALL THE PHOTOS ARE UNDERNEATH THE CAPTIONS<p>Taking the body to the dissection table (1892) …

Human Anatomy