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alehouses

Overview page. Subjects: History.

The licensing system began in 1495, but most licences were issued after the passing of another Act in 1552. Amongst the records of quarter sessions are those of special sittings ...

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assembly rooms

Overview page. Subjects: History — Architecture.

Large room or suite of rooms for the reception of large parties, for concerts, dinners, balls, etc. A good example is the assembly-room at York by Burlington (1731–2). Assembly-rooms were...

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breweries

Overview page. Subjects: History.

The early history of brewing was much associated with immigrants from the Low Countries, especially to London. The rise of the ‘common brewery’, as the large production unit was known ...

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brewster session

Overview page. Subjects: History.

Magistrates' sessions for the issue of licences to permit trade in alcoholic liquor (a brewster is a brewer, originally a female one).

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carrier

Overview page. Subjects: Law — History.

N.

One who transports persons or goods from one place to another. Carriage is normally under a contract that may affect or limit the duties otherwise imposed by law, but such...

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Carriers' Cosmographie

Overview page. Subjects: History.

(1637). A publication of John Taylor naming the London inns which were the destinations of provincial carriers, and giving the days and times of arrival and departure.

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Celia Fiennes

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

(1662–1741).

Her account of journeys undertaken at various times in the later 17th and early 18th centuries is a marvellously rich source of observations on society and the...

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coffee houses

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

The first coffee house in England was reputedly established in London in 1650 at the Angel. They became popular after the Restoration and remained so during the 18th century. The fashion...

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cookery

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Modern European cookery has its origins in fifteenth-century Italy, when cooks began to prepare and serve food imaginatively and to experiment with new recipes. The Diarii of Marino Sanuto...

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drink and temperance

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

Dickens enjoyed alcoholic beverages all his life, portrayed in his fictions the vast range of Victorian drinking sites, brews, and customs, and argued in his prose against the zealotry of...

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