Devotees of the Regency era all know about Almack’s. But some may be surprised to learn that it was still a hot spot for the elite in the 1830s.
Among other things, all of us Regency writers learned that nobody, including the Duke of Wellington, could get in after midnight . . . or maybe he could.
One tidbit I picked up in perusing the Court Journal: Apparently, there was a stretch of time, as this 1833 clipping seems to hint, when entry was permitted after midnight. I noticed an 1835 edition reporting that the midnight rule was again in force, which indicates that for a time it wasn't. Another note for the nerdiest among us: Sometimes the day of the assembly was changed, if it conflicted with another significant event that week. This definitely happened in 1835.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.