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Happenings During the Reign of William IV: The Oxford Movement, the Beginning of Anglo-Catholicism

The Oxford Movement was a movement of High Church Anglicans, eventually developing into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, whose members were often associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the reinstatement of lost Christian traditions of faith and their inclusion into … Continue reading

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During the Reign of George IV: The Shrigley Abduction, a Well-Developed Scheme to Marry an Heiress

The Shrigley abduction was an 1826 British case of a forced marriage by Edward Gibbon Wakefield to the 15-year-old heiress Ellen Turner of Pott Shrigley. The couple were married in Gretna Green, Scotland, and travelled to Calais before Turner’s father … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Rev William Buckland, Palaeonthologist and Author of First Full Account of a Fossil Dinosaur

Yesterday, we learned something of the Red Lady of Pavilian. Today, I thought we should have a look at the Red Lady’s discoverer. The Very Rev. Dr William Buckland DD FRS (12 March 1784 – 14 August 1856) was an … 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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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: 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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England’s 1835 Highway Act Codifies the Laws Relating to Highways

The Highway Act 1835 (5 & 6 Will 4 c 50) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was one of the Highway Acts 1835 to 1885. Parish Boards The Highway Act 1835 placed highways under … Continue reading

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Bristol Riots from 1793 – 2011

The Bristol riots refer to a number of significant riots in the city of Bristol in England. Bristol Bridge Riot, 1793 The Bristol Bridge Riot of 30 September 1793 began as a protest at renewal of an act levying of … Continue reading

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1835~Last English Execution for Buggery: James Pratt and John Smith

Recently, English law was changed to support the marriage of those of the same sex. Therefore, I thought I would point out a situation when buggery was still considered a crime. James Pratt (1805–1835) also known as John Pratt, and … Continue reading

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