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Jonas Hanway: A Man with a Plan

Jonas Hanway (August 12, 1712 – September 5, 1786), English traveller and philanthropist, was born at Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. While he was still a child his father, a victualler, died, and the family moved to London. … Continue reading

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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles: Founder of the City of Singapore, Father of the London Zoo

British statesman and naturalist, his many talents live on in a centuries long legacy. Continue reading

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John William Polidori : Author of The Vampyre

creator of the modern Vampire genre Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers

The Dandy Chargers In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais created the Lauf-maschine (running machine) / Draisienne / Mechanical Horse, the first human powered land vehicle to mount a serious bid for public acceptance. Satirically named the Dandy Charger. Then in … Continue reading

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Hannah Snell: The Famous “Woman In Men’s Cloaths”

In 1746 Hannah Snell donned men’s apparel in order to find her wayward husband… Continue reading

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Charles Wesley: Methodist Minister

Georgian writer of over 6,000 hymns. Continue reading

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Lawn Bowls

A Regency past time with its roots in Medieval history… Continue reading

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The Barker Family: Panorama Painters

Robert Barker revolutionized the way the world saw art, allowing the viewer to step into the painting for the first time. Continue reading

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George Stubbs

Equine Painter George Stubbs was a close friend of Ozias Humphry, known for his paintings of Edward Austen-Knight, as well as the Rice Portrait. Continue reading

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Philip Astley: Father of the modern circus

Jane Austen mention’s Astley’s Amphitheatre in both her letters and in Emma… Continue reading

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