Historical Posts From Around the Internet
A roundup of historical posts from around the web recently.
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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 – Best historical cities to visit in the UK
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.
Saturday Sojourn with Suzi Love at Jess Anastasi’s blog. Take an 1843 train journey through the English countryside with the heroine of Embracing Scandal at Jess Anastasi’s Saturday Sojourn. http://ow.ly/hZjTVContinue reading →
The London Canal Museum is one of the best places to visit in London.
Situated at King’s Cross, London, UK, it’s definitely one of the most fascinating museums to visit.
The museum has two themes. It shows the history of London’s waterways and it’s also an industrial museum which tells the little known story of the ice industry in London.
Canals in London have a fascinating past and at the museum you can learn how they came to be built and how they work and also see the lives of the workers, the cargoes, and the horses.
There is a narrowboat cabin to climb over and explore and lots of history on London’s canals, especially about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats.
There is a rather scary Victorian ice well you can look down into and picture how it was used to store the ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored.
The unique waterways museum is in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.
Outside there is a Model Lock. Modelled on a wide lock as found in London, rather than a narrow lock as found on the Oxford Canal.
At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.
There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London’s canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, horses and how canals work. We are a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. It is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King’s Cross, an accessible central location
Model Lock – Modelled on a wide lock as found in London, rather than a narrow lock as found on the Oxford Canal.
Claridge’s was founded in 1812 as Mivart’s Hotel at 51 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, UK.
Lord William Beauclerk leased the terrace house from the Grosvenor Estate with permission to turn it into a hotel run by James Edward Mivart, the anglicized name for French chef Jacques Mivart. By 1838, the hotel grew to buy five consecutive houses along Brook Street, knocking down the walls to create one large hotel and Mivart prospered by introducing English county families to subtle French cooking to replace their traditional stodgy fare.
Mivart designed the hotel for guests who wished to stay longer, so apartments were let by the month to foreign royalty and nobility who enjoyed the ambiance of the well-run hotel yet had the privacy of their own suites. The Prince Regent, who succeeded to the throne as King George IV in 1820, had a suite of rooms permanently reserved for him so he could discretely carry on his playboy lifestyle.
In 1827, The Morning Post noted that Mivart’s was the fashionable rendezvous for the high Corps Diplomatique.
The Great Exhibition of 1851brought an influx of famous visitors,
In 1854, the hotel was sold to Mr and Mrs Claridge who ran a separate hotel at 49 Brook Street. They combined the two operations to trade as “Mivart’s at Claridge’s” until, after Mivart’s death, the hotel changed its name to Claridge’s in 1856, adding “late Mivart’s” underneath. In 1860, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the Empress Eugènie of France, who had made Claridge’s her winter quarters, and Queen Victoria was so impressed that she wrote to her uncle, Leopold I, King of the Belgians, in glowing terms of Claridge’s. The hotel became so connected to royalty it was called an “extension to Buckingham Palace”.including the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia and King William III of the Netherlands, until by 1853, The Times decided London had just three first-class hotels- Mivart’s, The Clarendon in Bond Street and Thomas’s in Berkeley Square.
So in 1894, Richard D’Oyly Carte, founder of the rival Savoy Hotel, purchased Claridge’s and commissioned CW Stephens, designer of Harrods, to rebuild the hotel from the ground up. The new Claridge’s opened in November 1898.In 1881, William Claridge’s failing health forced them to sell to a consortium, but the hotel consisted of several private houses and couldn’t be upgraded to compete with purpose built hotels cropping up all over London. The Savoy, built in 1889, offered lifts to all floors, electricity, en suite bathrooms and the best chef in Europe, Auguste Escoffier.
Well-known actors, directors and entertainers who have used Claridge’s include Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, U2 and Mariah Carey.After World War I, Claridge’s flourished due to demand from aristocrats who no longer maintained a London house and Carte’s son, Rupert D’Oyly Carte, added a new extension. During World War II, Peter II of Yugoslavia and his wife spent their exile at Claridge’s until on 17th June 1945, suite 212 was ceded by the UK to Yugoslavia for a single day to allow their heir, Crown Prince Alexander, to be born on Yugoslav soil.
Mayfair – London’s Best Places (suzilove.com)