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Searching for Regency London by Ann Lethbridge

January 21, 2011

      Good friend and multi-published historical author, Ann Lethbridge, left a lovely message of support to her friends in flooded Australia at the beginning of one of her regular posts about Regency London at her Regency Rambles blog.

      ‘First I wanted to offer my sympathy to all those readers and authors in the Brisbane area. I visited Australia two years ago and have friends there. I am devastated watching those news reports and my thoughts are with you all.’

Ann Lethbridge visited Australia for the first Australian Romance Readers Convention in 2009 and writes wonderful historical romances for Harlequin and aslo writes under the name of Michelle Ann Young. I’m looking forward to her next visit down-under. And to catching up with her at the next Romance Writers of America conference.

In this blog post,  Searching for Regency London , she has photos of some interesting places she’s visited linked to Regency London.

……eg Neckinger River in 1813, which by the way my guide told me was the term for a noose for a river pirate. Further research revealed the river is believed to be named from the term “Devil’s neckcloth. Until the eighteenth century Thames pirates were excuted at what was then called Neckinger Wharf near the mouth of the inlet. The corpses were displayed further downstream as a deterrent.

……eg River Thames. An important highway, the City grew up beside it and around it. We walked from the Tower of London towards the docks.

….eg Thames Barge. Apparently they ( the red sails)  were not dyed red, but the preservative used on them turns them red. Originally, Thames barges and lighters were rowed out from the docks from ships to large to tie up at the warves. They would bring the goods from ship to shore. As time went on sails were added and their heyday was around 1900, there being about two thousand working on the river by that time.

Folly ditch. Man made tidal ditches had surrounded Jacobs Island in earlier centuries, a way of getting goods to wharehouses. Over the years they were filled in leaving them land locked with all the attendant evils of stagnant water.

See the entire story and photos here  – Regency Ramble: Searching for Regency London


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