Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

Birthday of Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne

24 Nov 1713: The author Laurence Sterne was born 306 years ago today in County Tipperary, Ireland. Sterne is best known for his novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman", published in nine volumes from 1759 to 1767. Sterne was Vicar of Sutton-on-the-Forest from 1741 before being made Perpetual Curate of Coxwold in North Yorkshire where he named his home ... (read more...)

Sir John Summerson's Birthday

Sir John Sommerson

25 Nov 1904: Sir John Newenham Summerson was born at Barnstead, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington this day in 1904. His grandfather worked for the Darlington and Stockton Railway and founded the family foundry of Thomas Summerson and Sons in Darlington in 1869. John Summerson was educated at Harrow and University College London, where he gained a bachelor's degree in 1928. He wrote mainly ... (read more...)

Andrea Palladio's Birthday

Andrea Palladio

30 Nov 1508: The Italian architect Andrea Palladio was born this day in Padova in 1508. Palladio's renaissance villas were a major influence on English architecture; particularly on the work of Inigo Jones in the seventeenth century, and Lord Burlington and his circle in the eighteenth. Burlington commissioned an English edition of Palladio's "I quattro libri dell'architettura" (Four Books of Architecture) from ... (read more...)

Eddystone Lighthose Destroyed by Fire


2 Dec 1755: The second Eddystone Lighthouse, built by John Rudyard, was destroyed by fire this day in 1755. Rudyard, who was a property developer rather than an architect or engineer, completed his lighthouse in 1709. (read more...)

Bonnie Prince Charlie in Derby


4 Dec 1745: On this day in 1745 Charles Edward Stewart's army reached Derby. This was their furthest point south in the second Jacobite rising. (read more...)

Encyclopædia Britannica


6 Dec 1768: The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published in Edinburgh this day in 1768. (read more...)

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