Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

The Great Stock Exchange Fraud

George III Two Pence

21 Feb 1814: On the morning of Monday, 21 February 1814, a uniformed man posing as Colonel du Bourg, aide-du-camp to Lord Cathcart, arrived at the Ship Inn at Dover, England, bearing news that Napoleon I of France had been killed and the Bourbons were victorious. Requesting that this information be relayed on to the Admiralty in London via semaphore telegraph, "Colonel ... (read more...)

Sir William Chambers' Birthday

Sir William Chambers

23 Feb 1723: William Chambers was born in Gothenburg on this day in 1723, the son of a Scottish merchant. Between 1740 and 1749 he was employed by the Swedish East India Company making three voyages to China where he studied Chinese architecture and decoration. He studied in Paris with Blondel and spent five years in Italy. After returning to London he ... (read more...)

Birthday of George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

23 Feb 1685: George Frideric Handel was born this day in Halle, Germany in 1685. He became Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, later King George I, in 1710. He moved to England in 1712 where his patrons included Lord Burlington and Queen Anne. His well known Coronation Anthems were composed for George II. (read more...)

Birthday of Sir Hyde Parker

War

25 Feb 1714: Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, was born 304 years ago in Tredington. He was a naval commander in the Seven Years War and the American War of Independence. He died in 1782 shortly after accepting the East Indies command when his flagship the Cato sank with all hands. (read more...)

Birthday of A W N Pugin in 1812

AWN Pugin

1 Mar 1812: The architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was born on this day in 1812. Pugin was, with Charles Barry, co-architect of the Palace of Westminster. His great achievement was to encourage a more academic approach to mediaeval architecture, making the transition from Georgian Gothick to Victorian Gothic Revival. Pugin and his son both worked on the restoration of St Mary's, ... (read more...)

Birthday of C P E Bach

Music

8 Mar 1714: The German composer Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach was born today in 1714 to J.S. Bach and his first wife Maria Barbara. (read more...)

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