|Tea and Cards
Written by JulieW
(11/9/2003 2:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Assemblies, penned by Line
were very important parts of an evening at an assembly.|This is a picture of the Tea Room at the Upper Rooms in Bath(still extant and now known as The Assembly Rooms).Remember that Mr Allen leaves Mrs Allen and Catherine to watch the dancing while he enjoys the cards? Mrs Allen and Catherine have an uncomfortable time in the tea room, not konwing anyone.-see Chapter 2 of NA.
Certainly even small provincial assembly rooms aspired to construct these essential rooms.My "local" assembly rooms in Stmaford were built by a local dancing master (!);initially the room for dancing was the only one bult,but towards the end of the 18th century a tea room and a card room was added to the complex.
It might interest you to know that though we assume that evryone mixed together in these Assemblies, it was not always so: Derby - the Midlands town,possessed twosets of Assembly Rooms.The gentry tended to patronise one while the lower classes used the other.Not much chance of the lower orders attaching themselves to somone of a higher rank ,was there?
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