History Repeating

By GeneaGeek | General historical tidbits that I found interesting.

Ghosts of the Past: Historic News Reports of Victorian Hauntings

Findmypast's historical newspaper collection is full of terrifying tales. Here are seven of our favourites...<p>The Victorian era was ripe with …

How to do afternoon tea like the Victorians

Tiny cakes and sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buttered toast and a pot of tea – what could be more English? But how, when and why did the ritual …

21 Maps That Will Change How You Think About Britain

From 5,500BC to how you commute to work today.

Ice Age

‘I am not very well I feel nearly mad when I think of you’: Male Jealousy, Murder and Broadmoor in Late-Victorian Britain

This article compares the representations of jealousy in popular culture, medical and legal literature, and in the trials and diagnoses of men who …

Literature

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Getting to the Roots of Pubic Hair

One of the best (and scariest) things about Twitter is the instant feedback. I have posted all kinds of historical titbits, which have led to some …

7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Roman women

How much is known about the lives of women in ancient Rome? From breastfeeding to unusual beauty regimes, women who lived in the Roman empire would …

Letters discovery bring to life Jane Austen's Winchester

The chance discovery of a pile of letters between an 18th century husband and wife led him to write about the Georgian period – a time of wigs, grand …

How Scottish history inspired Game of Thrones

THE Iron Throne is to be given a tartan trim. The Scottish inspiration behind Game of Thrones, the best-selling series of fantasy novels adapted into …

Amusements of Old London: Clubs and Coffee-houses

<i>“… an attempt to survey the amusements of Londoners during a period which began… with the Restoration of King Charles the Second and ended with the</i> …

10 Medieval Women You Should Know More About

Here are ten medieval women whose fascinating contributions deserve more recognition.

A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

29-May-2012<p>29-May-2012 0:00<p>in Newgate Prison<p>by Peter Berthoud<p>There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced …

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

The Newcastle Courant, 15 March 1800<p>In 2015 I wrote about the 1816 escape of six prisoners from Newgate in 1816 (they knotted blankets together) and …

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 …

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

1/<p>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1910<p>The New York Public Library<p>2/<p>Queensboro Bridge Connection, 1917<p>The New York Public Library<p>3/<p>Fifth Avenue and 42nd …

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 …

South Bank

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 …

National Trust

Violent Rabbit Illustrations Found in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts | Colossal

<p>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 …

Smithsonian.com | Smithsonian Magazine | Smithsonian

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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 …

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

The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation's history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned …

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 …

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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 …