Strange But True

Strange But True

  • Inexpressibles

    The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers,  as they showed off their leg muscles.

  • What did Victoria do first

    after her coronation in 1837?  Have a parliamentary meeting?  Have tea with all the royal dignitaries?  No – she gave her dog, Dash, a bath.

     

  • Now that’s what we call a cake!

    Victoria and Albert’s wedding cake was a colossal 9 feet wide and weighed 300 pounds.

     

  • Victorian ladies’ knickers had no middle

    Once they got all those big dresses on, they couldn’t reach their knickers to pull them down, so they could stand over a potty to wee with these on instead.

     

  • Would you wee in your dining room?

    Victorian gentlemen did! Some dining rooms (like ours) had a special cupboard to house a chamber pot so all the gentlemen could go for a wee without leaving the table (once the ladies had left the room, of course!).

     

  • The last ducking stool to be used in England

    (in 1809) can still be seen not far from us in the Priory Church, Leominster, Herefordshire. It’s huge.

     

Handy Hints

Handy Hints

  • An insect trap

    Scoop out the inside of a turnip, scallop the edges, and place it downward in the earth. The insects will pass into it as a place of retreat through the holes, and the cucumbers, squashes, melons etc., may soon be clear of them.  1852

     

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

  • Anti-magnetic properties of the onion

    The magnetic power of a compass needle, will be entirely discharged or changed by being touched with the juice of an onion.

     

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

  • To clean gilt buckles, chains &c.

    Dip a soft brush in water, rub a little soap on it, and brush the article for a minute or two, then wash it clean, wipe it, and place it near the fire till dry, then brush it with burnt bread finely powdered. 1823

     

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

  • To remove grease from books

    Lay upon the spoon a little magnesium or powdered chalk, and under it the same; set on it a warm flat iron, and as soon as the grease is melted, it will be all absorbed, and leave the paper clean. 1852

     

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

  • Antidote against mice

    Gather wild mint, put it where you wish to keep them out, and they will not trouble you. 1852

     

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

  • Keeping your kettle clean

    To prevent teakettles coating with lime – put the shell of an oyster in the teakettle and the lime will adhere to it, instead of coating the sides. 1852

    As with all our historical handy hints, this is a real tip from a Victorian book. We cannot say that it’ll work and it’s up to you if you want to try!

     

Education Resources

Crime and Punishment

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Victorian Toys Resources for Teachers

Toys are a fantastic way to learn more about the Victorians. You can find out what children liked to do, what they looked like and how they used their toys…

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Victorian school days resources for teachers

What was it like being a Victorian child at school? Did they learn the same things as us? What did they dress like? What did they play in their breaks?  …

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Playground games

Out in the playground there were plenty of games to entertain. Games with balls, marbles and tops were all popular (see The Judge’s Lodging’s Victorian Toys – Resources for Teachers)….

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Victorian Children

Subjects

In this section you will find some pages from notebooks belonging to children from Presteigne. You will also find a school report. 1. School Report: Although lessons mainly concentrated on…

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Study Materials

Cymraeg1. Slate & pencil: Using a slate in class was an easy and cost-effective way to write and draw. The pencils were also made of slate and the board could…

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School Photographs

Prior to the 1860s, children learned their ‘3Rs’ by attending a ‘private adventure school’ for, at most, one or two years in their early childhood. Presteigne had five or six…

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Using the Past

Who’s who in Presteigne 1868?

Post OfficeHenry Martin Jones, Post Master- letters from all part arrive (from Leominster) at eight morning, and are dispatched at a quarter before six evening. Academies and SchoolsMary Edwards, Norton…

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Crime and Punishment

On Trial the case of the stolen ducks

The Trial of William Morgan, 1866 Characters: Usher, the Judge, the Prosecutor, the Defence, the Accused, the Foreman of the Jury, Witnesses: Mrs. Margaret Matthews, Thomas Davies, James Tyler, Mrs….

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Victorian Children

Clothes & Shoes

Victorian children’s clothes often made them look like miniature adults. Here you can see the ‘best’ clothes of a little boy and girl, which would have been worn when visitors…

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Victorian Children

Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks were a favourite pastime of Victorian children. They could be used to collect pieces from newspapers, adverts, fashion pictures, postcards, poems, drawings, pressed leaves and art projects in. Their…

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Victorian Children

Toy Theatres

Victorian children enjoyed trips to see pantomimes. At home they would recreate the excitement by using table-top toy theatres to perform plays for their friends and family. Toy theatres could…

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Picture Blocks

Used both for construction and as a type of three dimensional jigsaw, these block are hollow, made from thin pieces of wood covered with paper pictures. In the classroom:  …

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Jigsaws

There are two jigsaws from the 1880s: ‘How jolly it is to be at the seaside’ and ‘Skipping-time comes after lesson-time’. Jigsaws have always been used as educational toys, helping…

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Marbles

The two types of marble shown here are glass and clay. Glass marbles were expensive as they had to be made by hand. If you look at a modern glass…

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Outdoor games

Outdoor games Here, you can see three different wooden whipping tops. The drawings show a top with its whip and boys playing in a ring, seeing whose will spin the…

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Indoor Games

Books of games to be played outdoors or at home were very popular. This game of ‘Head, Body and Legs’ comes from The Modern Playmate – A Book of Games,…

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Tin Train

Toys that show transport have always fascinated children. Models of horses and carts gave way to toy trains as the excitement of the railway came to Britain, allowing people, for…

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