The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father

George Austin

A look at James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who Was Killed by Martin J. Cawthorne   Jane Austen’s father, George Austen has many connections to the city of Bath. On the 26th April 1764 he married, by special licence, Cassandra Leigh in St Swithin’s, Walcot.  The Austen family were… Read more about The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father


The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Four – To the Regency Ball…

Dear Reader,  I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the… Read more about The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Four – To the Regency Ball…


Has Lord Elgin Lost His Marbles?

Lord Elgin is most famous for the Greek Parthenon statues which he moved and sold to the British Museum- marble statues which continue to provide controversy to this day…


Henry Cecil, 1st Marquess of Exeter

The inspiration for Tennyson’s Lord Burleigh


Alexandre de La Reynière: Father of the table

One of France’s first food critics


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. In 1729 Jonas was apprenticed to a merchant in Lisbon. In 1743, after he had… Read more about Jonas Hanway: A Man with a Plan


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

London Zoo founder

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


Dido Elizabeth Belle

Dido Elizabeth Belle

the catalyst to the ending of slavery in England…