Category Archives: customs and tradiitons

Not Celebrating Birthdays with Jane Austen

  Today, I turn the ripe old age of 71. I am a VIRGO. Some of you know what that means. Some of you are about to learn.  Horoscope.com tells us these Virgo Facts Symbol:   The Virgin Element:   Earth Polarity:   … Continue reading

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Letters from Jane, a Guest Post from Georgina Young-Ellis

Do you remember when we used to send and receive letters? Actual, physical letters? Were you a person like me who used to sit down with a feeling of relish at the blank paper in front of you, in anticipation … Continue reading

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A Marriage of Convenience as a Plot Point in Jane Austen’s Novels

What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like mind. The Dashwood sisters found … Continue reading

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Very “Real” Estate: Vicars’ Close, Wells, Somerset, England

The oldest purely residential street in England is known as Vicars’ Close, which is located in Wells, Somerset, England, and dates from the mid 14th Century.  Planned by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury, at one time it was 42 separate houses, … Continue reading

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Wilkin & Sons, Jam Making Extraordinaire

Arthur Charles Wilkin took over his family farm, located in Tiptree, Essex, England,  in his late 20s. The family had owned the farm since the early 1700s. Arthur had a vision for the farm, which was not producing as well … Continue reading

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A Bit on the History of The British Imperial System of Weights and Measures

 In 1965, the British Imperial System of Weights and Measures was replaced by the metric system, used in Europe since the days of Napoleon in the 19th Century. The change has been a gradual one for the UK, and, today, … Continue reading

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“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, a Guest Post from Lona Manning

“There is a great deal more for you to learn:” Mansfield Park and Conduct Novels It was once a truth universally acknowledged that parents had a moral duty to raise their children to be industrious, virtuous, charitable, and pious, to prepare their … Continue reading

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