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Monday, April 21, 2014

AND FROM ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB . . . . .







Here's another round-up of interesting posts we've found from elsewhere on the web - enjoy!


Author Susanna Ives - 1819 Play Bills from the Theatre Royal
Ian Visits - The secret tube ticket that only works at one stop.
Shannon Selin - Imagining the Bounds of History - Napoleon's Mother, Letizia Bonaparte
The Telegraph - Lollipop lady's garden shed named national treasure
London Small Historic Houses - Bricks: The Building Blocks of London
Historical Hussies - Regency Pistols and Duels
The Week - The Fascinating Linguistic Legacy of the Crimean War




Friday, April 18, 2014

THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON TOUR - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - PART 6

 


THE ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON

 

The Brighton Pavilion was built as the Prince Regent's seaside retreat and with it's exotic appearance and over-the-top architecture, the fanciful structure has brought many to open-mouthed astonishment, including the Duke of Wellington.  Thankfully, Princess Lieven took the time to record the Duke's reaction to his first visit to the Prince's pleasure palace:

Brighton, January 26, 1822

I wish you were here to laugh. You cannot imagine how astonished the Duke of Wellington is. He had not been here before, and I thoroughly enjoy noting the kind of remark and the kind of surprise that the whole household evokes in a new-comer. I do not believe that, since the days of Heliogabalus, there have been such magnificence and such luxury. There is something effeminate in it which is disgusting. One spends the evening half-lying on cushions; the lights are dazzling; there are perfumes, music, liquers – “Devil take me, I think I must have got into bad company.” You can guess who said that, and the tone in which it was said. Here is one single detail about the establishment. To light the three rooms, used when the family is alone, costs 150 guineas an evening; when the apartment is fully opened up, it is double that.

What were your impressions of the Pavilion? If you haven't been to the Pavilion yet, or if you'd like to virtually visit once again,here are a few videos that will be of interest.



You can join Lucy Worsley on a tour of the Pavilion from the series The Regency Brand here.



Take another tour of the Pavilion, complete with historic recipes, with the Royal Upstairs Downstairs team here.



Watch a short video about George IV's secret tunnel at the Pavilion here.




Did you know that the Pavilion's kitchens were transformed into an operating theatre during WWI?




You can find more about the Brighton Pavilion on the website is here.




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