A Gentleman’s Joke

The joke book of Edward Herbert, Victorian gentleman, of Upper Helmsley Hall (archive-ref DDHT/18/1) Ask someone to describe the typical Victorian gentleman, and ‘humorous’ is probably one of the last adjectives that would be conjured.  Our impression of the Victorians is one of stern-faced disciplinarians with a stiff upper lip, who you couldn’t possibly imagine […]

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Risk It For A Biscuit

Ann Schofield’s Recipe for ‘Lemon Biscuits’, 1754 (archive-ref DDSD/643) When you work in a place like East Riding Archives, you can’t help but look into some of your own genealogy, or ‘family history’ as it were.  It’s partly because doing so is good training for helping others to trace their ancestors, but also having all […]

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