12 June 2012

Weekly Paper

Aris's Birmingham Gazette: 2 December 1833
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Announcement of a public dinner celebrating the one year anniversary of Thomas Attwood and Joshua Scholefield becoming the first MPs of Birmingham, after fighting for many years for the town's representation in Parliament, and for attaining the vote for a wider section of society.

A most intriguing, and probably intended to be humorous article was placed by the 'HOCUS POCUS TAG RAG and BOBTAIL COMPANY', run by 'Shylock Paperface' of London 'Prentice Street. Any comments or suggestions about this article would be gratefully received.  

Children today, I'm sure, would love such an extended 'Christmas Vacation': back to school on January 23rd!

What would have been, a number of years previously, been called a cabinet of curiosities is up for sale. The selection is filled with items of natural history, artworks, and, intriguingly, a camera. The camera would most likely have been a camera obscura, or possibly the relatively newly patented camera lucida; both were tools for projecting an image, usually onto paper, so that it could be drawn. The science and chemistry for capturing these projections permanently onto a surface, what we now know as the photograph, had not quite been developed.

For some reason Messrs. Lines have taken a break giving their drawing lessons in Temple Row West. Samuel Lines senior was an eminent artist of the town who produced a number of paintings and sketches of Birmingham, as well as other landscapes, and was one of the artists who helped in the opening of the Society of Arts.

We discover why the Lines family had taken some time away from their teaching; the eldest son, Samuel Rostill Lines, had died on 9 November 1833. Also, one of the architects of the Town Hall, Edward Welch, has been married.

Aris's Birmingham Gazette: 19 November 1827
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Bull-baiting was being heavily cracked down on by the 1820s, though in the Black Country, and especially in towns like West Bromwich and Wednesbury the 'sport' was still deeply rooted in the social life; cock and dog fighting too.

Mid November is the time to start thinking about buying your almanack and annual pocket books.

Why not visit the Theatre Royal which has a great line-up playing Hamlet and Italian Opera.

Aris's Birmingham Gazette: 7 November 1791
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FASHION: Returning from London with the latest fashions, Mr. Brown is advertising the winter articles on sale in Bull Street. It looks as if the business is run by a husband and wife.

ENTERTAINMENT: The postponement of the Stratford-Upon-Avon card & dancing assembly recorded in the Birmingham paper shows that people with wealth must have travelled for their entertainment.

SCANDAL: Well worth a read is this tale of 'a most handsome, athletic' young con-artist called Griffin, a run-away gentleman's daughter and a shooting. Griffin and the pretty young lady had arrived at the Hotel in Birmingham, but it was soon discovered that she was not his sister after all.

FINANCE: Another Griffin, William Griffin, a baker, dealer and chapman, is declared bankrupt and is requested to 'surrender himself to the commissioners'; evidence of the Court of Requests at work.

SERIOUS NEWS: The mugging of a young lady, Ann Sleet, plus the apprehension of Sarah Parker who reportedly had burnt down the coach-house of William Hutton in the riots of only a few months previously

WANTED ADS: Respectable servants required by a gentleman.

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