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Jane Austen and the Bath spring fashions of 1801
In May of 1801 Jane Austen wrote to her sister from the Paragon: 'Mrs Mussell has got my gown, & I will endeavour to explain what her intentions are.' Mrs Mussel was a dressmaker and milliner of 9 Queen Street. She was married to the hairdresser William Mus...
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HORSE RACING ON CLAVERTON DOWN The O’Kelly years.
The first recorded racing on Claverton Down was in 1729 but the racing there was at its zenith between 1771 and 1783 when the town was visited annually by the extraordinary Col. Dennis O’Kelly, his much-envied horses, his enormously wealthy friends and, pos...
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How far apart should you stand in Regency Country Dances?
The London dancing master Thomas Wilson in his 1825 book "The Complete System of English Country Dancing" writes: 'DISTANCE OF STANDING, &c. The proper distance of the lines formed by the Ladies and Gentlemen from each other is about four feet and a half, a...
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How far apart should you stand in Regency Country Dances?
The London dancing master Thomas Wilson in his 1825 book "The Complete System of English Country Dancing" writes: 'DISTANCE OF STANDING, &c. The proper distance of the lines formed by the Ladies and Gentlemen from each other is about four feet and a half, a...
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The Equestrian Circus in Monmouth Street and the Child of Promise
On 17th April 1788, the following advertisement appeared in the press: 'By particular Desire of several Ladies and Gentlemen positively the last night. At Ryle’s Ride, the top of Monmouth Street, will be presented a variety of equestrian exercise; consistin...
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