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Penny Hampson

A Ruin with Royal Connections

May 11th, 2022

A couple of weeks ago I visited Bradgate Park. For those of you who don’t know, this is a wonderful 850 acre public park in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. For hundreds of years it was held in private hands, but in 1928 it was purchased by businessman and philanthropist, Charles Bennion, who gave it to the […]

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Something to be Sniffed At? A Tiny Object of Desire

April 8th, 2022

On my recent trip to Bath I spotted something that set my pulse racing. No not George Clooney, but a delightfully tiny silver box. I recognised what it was immediately – a silver vinaigrette box. Now, if you read Regency novels you will probably know what these items were used for. In days gone by, […]

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A Curious Case

November 28th, 2021

It’s not long until my next paranormal mystery/romance, A Plethora of Phantoms, is released. Set in present day Bath, the story features a Regency period dressing case. The idea came to me when I spotted this beauty on the internet. As you can see, the case is cleverly designed to hold everything that a well-heeled […]

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Who Wants a Glass of Water?

October 9th, 2021

Today, I thought I’d take another look at Buchan’s Domestic Medicine. In my edition, there is a section that discusses mineral waters. Now, for anyone who is a fan of Regency novels there is often mention of ‘taking the waters’, and this was usually undertaken in Bath, a city still known today for its hot […]

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Foodie Heaven? Head to York

September 23rd, 2021

Last week I went up to York for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Afternoon Tea. It was an extra special occasion for me as I was one of the eleven finalists for the 2021 Joan Hessayon Award, for my book, The Unquiet Spirit. Deciding to make the most of things, the husband and I travelled up […]

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Finding the Right Spot

September 7th, 2021

A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Falmouth in Cornwall; it was mainly for research purposes for my forthcoming book due out later this year, but I can’t deny that I also enjoyed my visit and it wasn’t all about work. It was sad to discover that, thanks to Covid restrictions, one […]

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Will You Take the High Road? A Tour of Scotland

March 22nd, 2021

Regular readers of my blog may recall my article about John Byng, Viscount Torrington, an 18th century diarist who wrote about his travels round Britain. Well, in the Gentleman’s Magazine, I discovered yet another chap who enjoyed touring the country. Amongst the ecletic mix of articles in the July 1812 edition, one in particular caught […]

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You’ve Got Mail: A look at the mail coach service

February 20th, 2021

I’ve written before about the various ways in which mail got delivered in the past, specifically the packet ships . Now I’m looking at the mail coach service and John Palmer (1742-1818), the mail coach pioneer. John Palmer was born in Bath to a family of wealthy brewers. As well as the brewery business, his […]

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The Good Soldier: Part 2

December 10th, 2020

My previous post about Sir John Moore’s system of training officers and soldiers at his training camp at Shorncliffe in Kent concerned some of the practicalities of of life, such as dress, cleanliness, and discipline. But Sir John believed that every aspect of a soldier’s life should be regulated and that, with training and application, […]

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