Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

Sir Robert Smirke's Birthday

York Minster

1 Oct 1780: Born this day in 1780 in London, Robert Smirke is best known for designing the British Museum. He usually worked in a Greek Revival style but could sometimes adopt a mediaeval mode, as he did at Wilton Castle in North Yorkshire. From 1830 to 32 he restored York Minster following an arson attack. He died in 1867. (read more...)

Conception of Decline and Fall

Dying Gaul, Brigg

15 Oct 1764: On this day in 1764 Edward Gibbon conceived the idea of writing The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire "as I sat musing amid the ruins of the Capitol". (read more...)

The London Beer Flood

Beer Street

16 Oct 1814: On this day in 1814 nine people died when a vat of porter burst at the Meux and Company Brewery on Tottenham Court Road. (read more...)

Coronation of George I

The Arms of King George I

20 Oct 1714: King George I was crowned this day in 1714. Many celebrations across the country were disturbed by Jacobite and High Church rioters. (read more...)

Sir Christopher Wren's Birthday

Sir Christopher Wren

20 Oct 1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born this day in 1632. As well as being a prolific architect, he was an astronomer and a founder of the Royal Society which he was president of from 1680 to 82. His best known works remain St Paul's Cathedral and the city churches he rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. He ... (read more...)

Trafalgar Day

The Battle of Trafalgar by Nicholas Pocock

21 Oct 1805: Today is Trafalgar day; the 216th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In this battle off the Spanish coast the Royal Navy with 33 ships defeated 44 French and Spanish ships. Admiral Lord Nelson's strategy of breaking the enemy line into three is thought to have been the key to the British victory. Nelson lost his life ... (read more...)

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