Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

The War of 1812


18 Dec 1813: 200 years ago today British soldiers and native allies invaded the United States and were successful in the Capture of Fort Niagara. They then attacked Lewiston, New York. (read more...)

Death of Founder Rupert Alec-Smith

Alec-Smith Monument

23 Dec 1983: Rupert Alec-Smith, the founder of the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire, died 35 years ago today. A monument to his memory can be found in Holy Trinity Church, Hull. We hope that he would be pleased with the way his work has been continued to the present day. (read more...)

James Gibbs' Birthday

James Gibbs

23 Dec 1682: Born this day in 1682, James Gibbs was one of Britain's most influential architects. Born in Scotland, he trained as an architect in Rome, and practised mainly in England. His most important works are St Martin-in-the-Fields, in London, and the cylindrical, domed Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University. Gibbs very privately was Roman Catholic and a Tory, and was therefore ... (read more...)

Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies


22 Dec 1808: On this day in 1808, at the Theater an der Wien, Ludwig van Beethoven conducted the premier performances of both this fifth and sixth symphonies. The concert also included his Fourth Piano concerto and his Choral Fantasy. (read more...)

The Treaty of Ghent


24 Dec 1814: The War of 1812 was officially ended by the signing of a peace treaty in the Flemish city of Ghent 204 years ago today. The treaty was ratified by the British Parliament on 30 September, but not approved by the United States Senate until February 1815. (read more...)

Birthday of Charles Babbage

26 Dec 1791: Mathematician Charles Babbage was born on this day in 1791. He is best known for his "difference engine" and "analytical engine" which were mechanical precursors of the computer. (read more...)

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