Lodging in Georgian London with Gillian Williamson

Lodging in Georgian London with Gillian Williamson
 
  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Free

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

Come along and hear this fascinating account of landlords, landladies and their lodgers in Georgian London.

For all their apparent elegance of appearance, the new streets and terraces of Georgian London were, in all but the most elite locations, very densely occupied.

In addition to the occupying household, their servants and apprentices, there were many men and women who lodged in one or two rooms the household could spare.

Some of these lodgers were famous, like Jonathan Swift, Lord Byron or John Keats, others more obscure.

Contemporary estimates of the number of lodgers in the capital in Georgian times was around 38,000 people – more than the entire population of Norwich, England’s second city.

This talk by historian Dr Gillian Williamson looks at how a newcomer to Georgian London found a room and what life was like in a crowded house shared with strangers who were there to subsidise the household budget.

Header Image&below: Henry Heath, Comfortable Lodgings, 1829. Lewis Walpole Library: 829.00.00.51+.

Image 1 above: Louis-Philippe Boitard, Self-Portrait with Two Young Men, 1730–40. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection: B1975.4.1027.

Image 2 above: D.T. Egerton, The Unfortunate Discovery, 1824. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection: B1985.36.1338.

About the speaker:

Dr Gillian Williamson, author of British Masculinity in the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1731-1815 (Palgrave, 2016) originally read Classics at Cambridge and then worked in the City as an adviser on mergers and acquisitions, returning to university to study for an MA and then PhD in history at Birkbeck, University of London.

She has published on the eighteenth-century Gentleman’s Magazine, obituaries of women in the eighteenth century, vestry politics in the parish of St George Hanover Square and is currently researching life in lodgings in Georgian London.

This talk is part of our Fantasy February - Folklore and Customs Festival of talks to promote the large Folklore and Customs Collection held by Kensington Central Library.

Please note that this event will be delivered via a Zoom webinar.

All those who book will receive the LINK TO JOIN 48hrs before the event, and on the day of the event in an email from the library.


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2022-02-28 18:30 2022-02-28 18:30 Europe/London Lodging in Georgian London with Gillian Williamson Come along and hear this account of landlords, landladies and their lodgers in Georgian London. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2022/02/28/lodging-in-georgian-london-with-gillian-williamson-282638 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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