Category 18th century

A story of times gone by

Britain has many ‘traditional’ activities that, in summer or harvest time, bring all members of the community together for a celebration – a celebration that can go on for the best part of a week or more.  The town where I now live had a reputation for their ‘Feast’ but, I’m afraid, those events seem […]

Do you ever over educate?

It was on Wednesday 24th July 1765 that Denis Diderot – a French philosopher, art critic and writer – wrote: “Do not over-educate is a maxim particularly suited to boys. You should abandon them a little to their natural impulses. I prefer them to be rough, thoughtless, and wilful. Let them have the sort of […]

The comings and goings on July 4th over the years – recorded in a snippet

1761 – the English novelist, Samuel Richardson and author of ‘Pamela’ and ‘Clarissa’ passes away at Parson’s Green, Middlesex. 1776 – America’s Declaration of Independence adopted – more of this later. 1829 – in England the first regular scheduled bus service was introduced in London by George Shillibeer 1900 – Louis Armstrong entered this world […]

London Bridge has moved away

Many bridges crossed the River Thames by the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that London Bridge — by then over 600 years old — needed to be replaced. It was narrow and decrepit, and blocked river traffic. As a result, in 1799, a competition for designs to replace the bridge was held. […]

You’ll find the answer at the end

It was on Thursday, 20th March 1727 that a very special man died. He had been born 84 years previous on 25th December 1642 and left behind him a world greatly changed.  He had studied at Trinity College in Cambridge and, in 1669, was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics there.  He achieved a great many […]

The death of King William III of England

The reign of King William III and his cousin and wife Queen Mary II of England began in 1689.  When Mary died of smallpox in 1694 an inconsolable William had fainted at her bedside.  He continued to rule alone but was far from popular.  A contemporary commented that: ‘He put on some appearance of application […]