Buildings and Landmarks

What are Supplementary Rooms?

Houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth century had a variety of different rooms that functioned in different ways. One important categories was supplementary rooms. Supplementary Rooms were additional rooms sometimes connected or attached to other rooms. Supplementary Rooms included such rooms as cloak-rooms, lavatories, bathrooms, plunge or swimming baths, service-rooms, and water-closets.

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What are House Thoroughfares?

Thoroughfares were the routes or entrances used to access a house or various rooms inside a house. Thoroughfares also sometimes functioned as secondary rooms, but their main purpose was to accommodate traffic flow inside the house and allow entrance and egress to the house. Areas considered thoroughfares were Ante-rooms, Entrance Halls, Garden Entrances, Lobbies, Luggage…

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What are Sleeping-Rooms and Children’s Rooms?

Houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth century had a variety of different rooms that functioned in different ways. Two categories of rooms were sleeping rooms and children rooms. Sleeping Rooms were rooms used by families for sleeping, dressing, and for privacy. Children’s Rooms were preserved for children and were usually located in a house so…

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What are Day-rooms?

Houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth century had a variety of different rooms that functioned in different ways. One category of rooms were known as Day-rooms. Day-rooms were rooms used by a family during the daytime. They included such rooms as billiard-rooms, boudoirs, breakfast or luncheon-rooms, conservatories, dining-rooms, drawing-rooms, gentlemen’s odd-rooms, gentlemen or business-rooms, libraries,…

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Popular Public Amusements in Georgian England

The Georgian Era was filled with numerous exciting public amusements for eighteenth century people to enjoy. Among these amusements were several theatres that provided such entertainment as melodramas, Italian operas, or French ballets. Georgian people also had the opportunity to witness equestrian performances, vaulting, pantomimes, dancing, and even a circus. There were also pleasure gardens,…

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Dorton Spa (Chalybeate Spa) and Its Healthy Waters

The Dorton Spa, sometimes called the Chalybeate Spa or Chalybeate Springs, was located in Dorton, Buckinghamshire, about twelve miles east of Oxford. It came into being after rumors circulated about the health benefits of the springs and the miraculous cures supposedly affected from bathing or drinking the water. The claims began hundreds of years ago…

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Gretna Green – The Place for Elopements

In 1753 the “Marriage Act in Churches,” popularly known as Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act, passed in England. It suppressed clandestine marriages by requiring English and Welsh couples to marry in a church and to be 21 or older to marry without parental consent. This resulted in clandestine marriages being conducted in Scotland where the requirements…

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Bedford Coffee House

Located in the north-west corner, under the Piazza in Covent Garden, Bedford Coffee House was supposedly modeled on Button’s Coffee House and described as “a shrine sacred to wit, invariably crowded with its votaries, who uttered jokes and bon mots, criticised plays, players, and playwrights, books and pamphlets, preachers and politicians, leading the town in…

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Button’s Coffee House

Will’s Coffee House was the intellectual and provocative den for the wits of John Dryden’s time, but after Dryden’s death the “it” place became Button’s Coffee House. Button’s Coffee House came about because of Joseph Addison. He established Daniel Button, the one time servant to Charlotte, Countess of Warwick, in a building as chief waiter…

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Kensal Green Cemetery

From the beginning of the 1800s, public attention was drawn to the problems associated with cemeteries and their overcrowding in the midst of London. For instance, one article published in a nineteenth century magazine stated: “Public attention in London has long been directed to the dangers of burying-grounds in the midst of the city. These…

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