Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

Birthday of Sidney Smith


21 Jun 1764: On this day in 1764 Sidney Smith was born. He became an Admiral of the Royal Navy and fought in the American and Napoleonic wars. Napoleon Bonaparte said of him: "That man made me miss my destiny" - and we can be very thankful for that! (read more...)

Death of Matthew Henry


22 Jun 1714: Matthew Henry, a non-conformist minister, died 305 years ago today. He is best known for this comment on Genesis and gender relations: "the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of ... (read more...)

King George to King William

King William IV

26 Jun 1830: William IV became King this day in 1830 on the death of his brother George IV. (read more...)

Death of Ralph Allen

Ralph Allen

29 Jun 1764: Ralph Allen made his reputation by reforming the postal system in the south west. He invested his money in the stone quarries which supplies stone for John Wood's new terraces in Bath. Allen's own house was Prior Park (1742), built on a hill "To see all Bath, and for all Bath to see". He died 255 years ago today ... (read more...)

Creation of the Longitude Prize

Harrison's Chronometer

1 Jul 1714: In July 1714 Parliament voted "to offer a reward for such person or persons as shall discover the Longitude." The prize led John Harrison to develop the chronometer. (read more...)

Birthday of Christoph Willibald Gluck


2 Jul 1714: 305 years ago today the composer Gluck was born. He is probably best known today for the aria "Che farò senza Euridice?" from his opera "Orpheus and Eurydice" which was made famous by Kathleen Ferrier in the twentieth century. (read more...)

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