Automatons ~ History Links & 5 Video Examples

Automatons ~ History Links & 5 Video Examples

Automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to automatically follow a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions. Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power. The history of automata is vast and complex.… Continue Reading

Servants Focused on the Horses

Servants Focused on the Horses

Here it is, the final installment in my series on Georgian and Regency Era servants. The first six posts covered, in detail, the men and women who maintained the interior domains of an estate manor house. Now, with this post today, I will finish the blogs covering the duties of those men and women who… Continue Reading

Dogs Essential for a Regency Era Hunter

Dogs Essential for a Regency Era Hunter

On the week’s topic of gamekeepers, a fascinating extra tidbit is that these men were directly responsible for the creation of many breeds of dogs. Breeding and care of the dogs used to aid in the hunt and to guard the estate were a major portion of the gamekeepers’ duties. The following list of dog… Continue Reading

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