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Queen Victoria’s Visit to Cliveden

Queen Victoria's Visit to Cliveden

Cliveden, Taplow, has long-standing links with the Royal Family. It was the place where Meghan Markle stayed the night before her marriage to Prince Harry and has been visited by nearly every monarch since George I over the years. It was also the backdrop to…

17 Jan 2019

Cliveden, Taplow, has long-standing links with the Royal Family. It was the place where Meghan Markle stayed the night before her marriage to Prince Harry and has been visited by nearly every monarch since George I over the years. It was also the backdrop to some defining events in English history such as the Profumo affair.There have been three houses on this site, the first two destroyed by fire in 1795 and 1849. The present Grade I…

Queen Victoria’s visit to the Palace of Versailles

Queen Victoria’s visit to the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789  and is located around 12 miles southwest of the centre of Paris.[2]It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the…

02 Nov 2018

About VersaillesThe Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789  and is located around 12 miles southwest of the centre of Paris.[2]It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, notable especially for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera, and the royal apartments as well as the vast Gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals, and geometric flower beds and groves.Why did Versailles…

What is Victorian fashion?

What is Victorian fashion?

This question covers two potential trains of thought. Victorian fashion comprises the fashions worn by those Victorian men and women who cold afford clothes that were about more than just covering their bodies and keeping them warm.Also styles that ape…

03 Oct 2018

This question covers two potential trains of thought. Victorian fashion comprises the fashions worn by those Victorian men and women who cold afford clothes that were about more than just covering their bodies and keeping them warm.Also styles that ape Victorian trends have been coming and going with amazing regularity in the last few decades, in fact in the 2017 catwalk shows there were a lot of Victorian style detail blouses, rich…

What games did the Victorians play?

What games did the Victorians play?

If we are going to talk about Victorian games, we probably should distinguish between games for adults, games for children and games for the whole family. Many were invented by the Victorians and are still popular today.

26 Sep 2018

If we are going to talk about Victorian games, we probably should distinguish between games for adults, games for children and games for the whole family. Many were invented by the Victorians and are still popular today.Victorian toysA lot of toys were expensive in Victorian times and even children from rich families would have few toys, so these toys really did get used a lot and passed from child to child within the family.Poor…

24 Sep 2018

Just a note of clarification for our readers on both sides of the Atlantic – by Public schools in the UK, we mean private schools where fees had to be paid.What is a public school?Eton, Harrow, Westminster, Rugby, Winchester, Charterhouse, and Shrewsbury, and two London day schools, St. Pauls and Merchant Taylors's, were defined as "Public Schools" in the 1860s by the educational Clarendon commission. They were maintained by private…

Design Of Louis Comfort Tiffany

The design of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Stained glass has been used in buildings and ornaments for over 1000 years, especially in Catherals and Churches. Louis Comfort Tiffany is the artist probably most associated with Art Nouveau objects.

09 Oct 2015
When was stained glass made?Stained glass has been used in buildings and ornaments for over 1000 years, especially in Catherals and Churches. One of the best known designers and artisans in this field is Louis Comfort Tiffany who designed and developed lighting products featuring stained and art glass at his studios in New York from the late 1800s.Tiffany is the artist probably most associated with Art…
Flooring and carpets

Flooring and carpets

While flooring goes back thousands of years, it was only in the eighteenth century with the development of weaving looms of an industrial scale that carpets were beginning to be used on the floor.

24 Jan 2012
The practice of using stone as flooring goes back thousands of years but in the Middle Ages it began to be recorded that flags (or rushes) would be laid across the stone to sweeten the air when trodden upon, thus giving rise to the word ‘flagstone’ as a description of stone flooring. Sweet smelling herbs such as lavender, camomile, rose petals, daisies and fennel were added to disguise somewhat prevalent bad smells.
The Victorian House

The Victorian House

If you think that Victorian means stuffy, buttoned-up, prudish and gloomy think again because the Victorian period is probably the most diverse, evolutionary and positive in recent history.

18 Nov 2011
What makes a victorian home?If you think that Victorian means stuffy, buttoned-up, prudish and gloomy think again because the Victorian period is probably the most diverse, evolutionary and positive in recent history.
History of wallcoverings and wallpaper

History of wallcoverings and wallpaper

The history of wallpapers and the earliest wallpapers used in Europe as early as the thirteenth century.

03 Nov 2011
The main method used to produce wallpapers until well into the nineteenth century was Block printing which gave a very high quality product. The size of pattern repeat was limited to the width of the paper and the weight of wood block that the printer could work with. The wallpaper was made up of 12 sheets of hand made paper pasted together to make strips long enough to go from the top to the bottom of the wall. Usually a blank margin…
History of glass and mirrors

History of glass and mirrors

The history of creating glass goes back to 3500BC in Mesopotamia and the word derives from the latin term Glesum which is believed to have arisen in the Roman glassmaking centre at Trier and to have described a lustrous, transparent substance.

19 Oct 2011
The history of creating glass goes back to 3500BC in Mesopotamia and the word derives from the latin term Glesum.Glass is a transparent, typically brittle non-crystalline solid material and has the ability to refract, reflect and transmit light without scattering it. A major use over centuries has been in windows and drinking vessels using soda-lime glass, which is predominantly silica-based whereas many other applications e.g bottles…

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