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Historic UK Houses – Best Places to Visit. The historic houses in the United Kingdom are an eclectic mix of houses, abbys, manors, halls and … well lots of other names. But they have one thing in common. They are all gorgeous!Continue reading →
Bristol city is in the southwest of England only an hour and a half away from London.
The busy city has a unique mix of history, culture and heritage with its Georgian architecture, historic woodlands, and beautiful coastline and is a major hub in the national road and rail networks and the Bristol airport serves dozens of European and transatlantic destinations.
Bristol’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times when a settlement known as Brigstowe (a place of settlement by the bridge), grew up between the Rivers Avon and Frome.
The diversion of the River Frome gave extra quayside space and increased Bristol’s capacity as a port, allowing direct trade with Europe as well as the English and welsh coastal towns.
Bristol became England’s second city and one of the most economically and culturally important cities in Europe as well as a major port and manufacturing centre.
During the 17th and 18th centuries Bristol’s maritime industry boomed and the city grew due to railways, engineering, manufacturing, commerce and communications.
Brick warehouse, Bristol, UK
Bristol’s Harbour is one of the most interesting and historic ports in Britain with beautiful views and a fascinating heritage and the city has over 450 parks and green spaces, including Queen Square which is a Georgian square with 2.4-hectares of public open space of level lawns, wide gravel paths, and surrounded by Georgian town houses.
Grand Georgian architecture flourished in Bristol and other port cities (London, Liverpool) that made a huge amount of wealth from the transatlantic slave trade and other parts of the triangular trade.
The slave trade is intertwined with the sugar industry in Bristol.
In a previous post, I looked at Sugar and Slavery out of Bristol and in the next post I’ll look at Bristol’s Sugar places and true stories that grew into local myths.
Love Hats? History of hats through the Regency Era. Hats have always been more than simply a head covering. Through history they were worn for physical protection, safety, ceremonies, religion, and to show rank. By the end of the 18th century, hats were an essential fashion item and, as a status symbol, their popularity grew through the 19th century.Continue reading →
During the 18th century, court shoes were worn by women and men. They were high-heeled and with side pieces that tied or were secured with elaborate buckles.
During the Regency Era, clothing styles became more relaxed and so did shoes.
Heels dropped and by 1800 heels were very small and uppers were cut down.
Regency ladies wore this type of slipper for indoors or for fine weather outdoors, with their full-skirted gowns only allowing the pointed toes to peep out.
Men’s shoes also became low heeled and were nearly always basic black, especially during the Regency Era.
After heels disappeared, pointed toes were replaced with rounded ones and shoes became plainer in design and materials, although a rainbow of colors became popular.
Ladies matched slippers to their gowns, so shoes were sold in color and variety. Pastels were popular.
Some were made of satin, some had simple cross ties, some criss-crossed up the ankles.
Shoes were straight, the right and left being identical and with no curves for insteps or big toes, although the Georgian flaps, or latchets, remained as shoes became more practical for walking. Higher framed shoes that laced, and with a slight heel, made it easier to keep hems out of mud and easier to take longer walks.
Pattens became popular to protect softer shoes.
Much improved from earlier basic shoe protectors.
By mid 19th century, fashionable people were rushing to copy Queen Victoria’s style, including footwear, so boots became the preferred footwear of women and men.
Ankle boots even replaced velvet Prince Albert slippers for formal wear.
The trade name for her favorite boot was Balmoral, or The Bal, a square-toed boot which laced at the front with a darker color used on the toe and ankle than the vamp (upper).
Half-boots were low, lace-up footwear, often made of nankeen which was a hard-wearing yellow cotton fabric. Many other materials were used for half-boots, including black leather.
As women’s hemlines rose to the ankle, Queen Victoria’s flat boots morphed to include side buttons and overlapped edges that obscured the actual closure allowing women to wear the smallest possible size, even if their flesh bulged over the tops of the boots under their skirt.
By the 20th century, shoes were no longer hidden beneath voluminous skirts and layers of petticoats but had become an essential fashion accessory and rather than being almost hidden, shoes and boots are now made to be seen outside of clothing.
COME AND TAKE A WALK WITH ME DOWN A REGENCY STREET.
By the end of the Regency period, the City of London had more than a million inhabitants.