Monthly Archives: October 2013

Regency Happenings: The London Beer Flood of 1814

The London Beer Flood happened on 16 October 1814 in the parish of St. Giles, London, England. At the Meux and Company Brewery[1] on Tottenham Court Road, a huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons (610,000 L) of beer ruptured, … Continue reading

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Late Regency Happening: The Controversial Beerhouse Act of 1830

The Beerhouse Act 1830 (11 Geo 4. and 1 Will 4. c. 64) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which liberalized the regulations governing the brewing and sale of beer. It was modified by subsequent legislation … Continue reading

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During the Reign of George IV: Apple Time with Cox’s Orange Pippin

In North Carolina, it is “apple time,” with loads of Apple Festivals across the state. Check out this article from The New York Times about Creigton Calhoun, Jr., of Pittsboro, NC, who “keeps ancient apples fresh and crisp.” Mr. Calhoun … Continue reading

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Happenings During the Reign of William IV: The Anatomy Act 1832

The Anatomy Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will. IV c.75) was a United Kingdom Act of Parliament that gave freer license to doctors, teachers of anatomy, and bona fide medical students to dissect donated bodies. It was promulgated in reaction … Continue reading

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The Murder Act 1751

The Murder Act 1751 (25 Geo 2 c 37) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain. Provisions The Murder Act included the provision “for better preventing the horrid crime of murder” “that some further terror and peculiar mark … Continue reading

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Victorian Celebrity: John Nelson Darby, Father of Modern Dispensationalism and Futurism

John Nelson Darby (18 November 1800 – 29 April 1882) was an Anglo-Irish evangelist, and an influential figure among the original Plymouth Brethren. He is considered to be the father of modern Dispensationalism and Futurism in the English vernacular. He … Continue reading

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Happenings During the Reign of William IV: Kitty Wilkinson, The Saint of the Slums

Kitty Wilkinson (Catherine Wilkinson) (1786–1860) was an Irish migrant, “wife of a labourer,” who became known as the Saint of the Slums. In 1832, during a cholera epidemic, she had the only boiler in her neighbourhood, so she invited those … Continue reading

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Happenings During the Reign of William IV: Asiatic Cholera Pandemic

12 February – Second cholera pandemic begins to spread in London, starting from East London. It is declared officially over in early May but deaths continue. It will claim at least 3000 victims. In Liverpool, Kitty Wilkinson becomes the “Saint … Continue reading

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Victorian Celebrity: Benjamin Wills Newton, the John Calvin of the 19th Century

Benjamin Wills Newton, (12 December 1807 – 26 June 1899) was an evangelist and author of Christian books. He was influential in the Plymouth Brethren. Although initially a close friend of John Nelson Darby, they began to clash on matters … Continue reading

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Victorian Celebrity: George Wigram, Founder of the Plymouth Brethren

George Vicesimus Wigram (29 March 1805 – 1 February 1879) was an English biblical scholar and theologian. Early Life He was the 20th child (hence his middle name) of Sir Robert Wigram, 1st Baronet, a famous and wealthy merchant, and … Continue reading

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