The Early Modern Commons

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Who wants to be a billionaire ? Let’s hear it for ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy, who died 300 years ago today.

26 April 2017

I rather hope that the good citizens of the Devon village of  Hittisleigh will be out celebrating today – their most famous son,  Samuel Bellamy, went to meet his maker...

Pattens in the 18th Century – a sensible way of keeping dresses off the filthy streets

22 April 2017

Pattens from circa 1720, shown courtesy of the V&A It was not uncommon for women in the 18th Century to wear strap-on metal “shoe supports” to lift the shoe off from...

A review of the weather, 1794-5: frosts and floods – and snow for the entire month.

18 April 2017

In an earlier  post I mentioned about Richard worrying about events around him – none more so than the British weather. Here is a page reviewing the weather trends in 1794/5:The...

Worries a-plenty in 1793: from the state of the harvest to concerns about the war, sickness in the Spring and bankruptcies galore…

16 April 2017

My ancestor was a real worrier – and the older he got the more he worried – and the more he filled his diaries with notes about what concerned him. Those concerns spilled...