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|The long Georgian morning
Written by JulieW
(1/30/2004 1:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A few things that don't make sense..., penned by Kristen G.
The Georgian/Regency morning did not agree with our present day definition.
The "morning " was usually delineated as the time between breakfast(taken around 10am ,or perhaps even later in fashionable town circles), and dinner,which for example was served fashionably late at the Bingley hosuehold at 6.30pm.
During the 18th century the hour for dinner became later and later .For example Samuel Pepys took dinner at midday or just after,but gradually , in fashionable society ,it was eaten at a later and later time;the Prince Regent , when he invited himself to dinner at Uppark in Sussex in 1795 stated that he expected it to be served between five and six o'clock.)
So that period of eight and a half hours was called the morning.
Which leaves Lizzie,Jane and the Gardiners lots of time fffor shopping ;-)
Shops in London at this time usually kept quite long opening hours.As Alison Adburgham in the Chapter "Shopping during the Napoleonic Wars "from her execllent book"Shops and Shopping relates;
There were no stated shopping hours.The proprietor who lived on his premises took dowm his shutters before breakfast and did not put them up again until he went to bed.Gas-lighting although invented in1792,was not gnereal at the begining of the century...No lady ,of course, shopped after dark.....and it was considered indiscreet for a lady to be in Bond Street in tehafternoon.Bond Street for the first half of the( 19th) century was very much a man's street...catering for the exquisite tates of gentlemen of fashion........"
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