When I've sent my characters on the road, I've had to make them stop at toll-gates. As the introductory paragraph below indicates, early in the 19th century toll-gates were beginning to be a nuisance, impeding London's traffic, rather like the ancient city gates, which came down, too, eventually.
I had not realized, though, that the Hyde Park Corner toll-gate was removed as early as 1825. And I never would have guessed it was auctioned off.
Here’s the story, courtesy Hone’s Every-day Book. You can read the online version here.
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.