Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

The Occupation of Washington DC

Betsy Ross and the first American flag.

24 Aug 1814: On this day in 1814 British troops occupied Washington DC burning many buildings including the Capitol. (read more...)

Death of Bishop Edward Fowler


26 Aug 1714: Edward Fowler was a controversial Bishop of Gloucester. In 1670 he published "Free Discourse in defence of The Practices of Certain Moderate Divines called Latitudinarians". He died this day in 1714. (read more...)

Sheridan Le Fanu


28 Aug 1814: Born 205 years ago today in Dublin, Sheridan Le Fanu is an author remembered for his tales of Gothic horror including "Uncle Silas" and "The Wyvern Mystery". (read more...)

Birthday of Sir John Betjeman

John Betjeman

28 Aug 1906: Sir John Betjeman, poet and founder member of both the Georgian Group and the Victorian Society was born this day in 1906. (read more...)

Henry Flitcroft's Birthday


30 Aug 1697: Henry Flitcroft was born this day in 1697. He was originally employed as a carpenter at Burlington House, in London, where he suffered a fall from some scaffolding and broke his leg. While he was recuperating his skill as a draughtsman were brought to the attention of Lord Burlington who in 1720 employed him as an architectural assistant. Henry ... (read more...)

William Wilkins' Birthday

William Wilkins

31 Aug 1778: William Wilkins was born this day in 1778 in Norwich. In London he designed The National Gallery and University College. His Yorkshire Museum in York is an essay in neoclassicism with a Greek Doric portico. The theatre he designed in Bury St. Edmunds is the only Regency theatre still in regular use. (read more...)

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