Monthly Archives: February 2014

Georgian Celebrity: John Wood, the Elder ~ Architect of Bath

John Wood, the Elder, (1704 – 23 May 1754, Bath), was an English architect, working mainly in Bath. In 1740 he surveyed Stonehenge and the Stanton Drew stone circles. He later wrote extensively about Bladud and Neo-Druidism. Because of some … Continue reading

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Georgian Happenings: Changing the Face of Bath One Brick at a Time

The Triumvirate Which Changed the Face of Georgian Era Bath By Regina Jeffers The beginning of the 1700s in England saw the expansion of the middle class and a stronger economy. As such Bath had known a steady period of … Continue reading

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Victorian Happenings: SS British Queen~Largest Passenger Ship in the World

British Queen was a British passenger liner that was the second steamship completed for the transatlantic route when she was commissioned in 1839. She was the largest passenger ship in the world from 1839 to 1840. She was named in … Continue reading

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Victorian Happenings: The SS Great Western, the First Steamship Designed to Cross the Atlantic

SS Great Western of 1838, was an oak-hulled paddle-wheel steamship, the first steamship purpose-built for crossing the Atlantic, and the initial unit of the Great Western Steamship Company. She was the largest passenger ship in the world from 1837 to … Continue reading

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Victorian Happening: Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of 19th century Dorset agricultural labourers who were arrested for and convicted of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. The rules of the society show it was … Continue reading

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Victorian Happening: The Grand National Consolidated Trades Union of 1834

The Grand National Consolidated Trades Union of 1834 was an early attempt to form a national union confederation in the United Kingdom. There had been several attempts to form national general unions in the 1820s, culminating with the National Association … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Robert Owen, Welsh Social Reformer and Founder of Utopian Socialism

Robert Owen (/ˈoʊən/; 14 May 1771 – 17 November 1858) was a Welsh social reformer and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement. Biography Robert Owen was born in Newtown, a small market town in Montgomeryshire, … Continue reading

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