Regency London | The Comfortable Courtesan
Being Memoirs
by Clorinda Cathcart

Regency London

A lot smaller than it shortly became: essentially the City and Westminster. Smoky, smelly, dirty, noisy, badly lit, and somewhat haphazardly policed. A lot of civil administration was still in theory undertaken at the parish level, which in a city of this size and population density was not very workable.

There is a really excellent website here, Romantic London, which includes maps and contemporary images and descriptions.

See also the marvellous The Proceedings of the Old Bailey. This has very useful background material on the changing London in which the cases tried at the Old Bailey occurred: particularly relevant London,1760-1815, Policing in London.

Thursday 30th November 2017

L.A. Hall, FRHistS