Gamekeepers: Wardens of the Estate’s Wildlife

Gamekeepers: Wardens of the Estate’s Wildlife

Continuing on with the series on Regency and Georgian Era servants who worked outside of the manor house, this week focuses on those men who managed the estate’s wildlife. Specifically, this meant those animals hunted for sport and food.   Gamekeepers   The earliest gamekeepers, as far back as Saxon times, were by Royal appointment… Continue Reading

Georgian Garden Adornments & Embellishments

Georgian Garden Adornments & Embellishments

A “Georgian Garden” is defined by the UK National Trust as one which dates from 1714 to 1830. On Tuesday I shared information on the men and women who designed and maintained these massive parks, and yesterday the blog post was a historical overview of landscape styles during this period of time. Today, I am… Continue Reading

What is a Georgian Era Garden?

What is a Georgian Era Garden?

  Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation; and when at length they turned in at the lodge, her spirits were in a high flutter. The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground. They entered it in one of its lowest points, and… Continue Reading

Groundskeepers on a Georgian Estate

Groundskeepers on a Georgian Estate

The time has come for my series on Georgian Era servants to exit the manor house doors and stroll about the pristinely manicured garden pathways to meet the men (and upon rare occasions the women) who performed their service outside. Six previous posts were necessary to detail the army of staff and servants working inside… Continue Reading

Childcare in the Regency

Childcare in the Regency

As a companion essay to Monday’s blog post on the servants who cared for the children in a Regency household, today I will touch upon the topic of childcare itself. I say “touch upon” because it is a huge subject so cannot be delved into deeply. Whole books have been written on the historical trends and… Continue Reading

Classic English Cookbooks. Bon Appétit!

Classic English Cookbooks. Bon Appétit!

Do you love cookbooks? What about ones that were written over 200 years ago? If classic French cuisine or Medieval feasts with venison or traditional English fare appeals, then I have just the cookbook(s) for you! The following are the biggies from the Georgian Era and before. In each instance, the books are in the… Continue Reading

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

The concept of an all-purpose, at your fingertips device or container, is instantly comprehensible to our modern mindset. Whether a purse or handbag, the not-so-popular as it once was fanny-pack, a briefcase, backpacks, or simply deep pockets in one’s garments, the desire for a secure place on one’s person to stow essential items are universal.… Continue Reading

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Moving on in the series covering the many people who kept a massive country estate running efficiently, time for the fourth installment. To read the previous three essays, the links are below– Servants & Staff at a Country Estate: An Overview Domestic Servants Who Weren’t Actually Servants The Butler and The Male Staff. Much Needed… Continue Reading

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

The best place to begin this informative essay is answering the baseline question: What is a ceramic? Ceramics are classified as inorganic and non-metallic solids which permanently change when heated. The resulting products have a range of useful properties, including extraordinary hardness and strength, extremely high melting points, and good electrical and thermal insulation. Ceramics are… Continue Reading