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Life in Georgian Lancaster

By (author) Andrew White
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Published: 4th Dec 2004
Dimensions: w 170mm h 243mm d 10mm
Weight: 280g
ISBN-10: 1859361021
ISBN-13: 9781859361023
Barcode No: 9781859361023
A lively, yet authoritative account of social life and conditions, for rich and poor alike, in this important provincial town in the eighteenth century. Written by an excellent and well-known historian. We associate the Georgian period with elegance, fine furniture, confidence, prosperity and humanity. Yet in Lancaster, as elsewhere, it also had its dark side - slavery; prostitution; a savage penal code that included the death penalty for quite minor offences; social inequality; unfair political representation; and appalling conditions in early factories which made the lot of many people anything but secure and elegant. But there were also many redeeming features. The country was thinly populated; economic inequality was less marked than it was to become later in the nineteenth century; the city was less crowded and disease-ridden; society less rigid. The Georgian period in Lancaster has left us a legacy of fine buildings, furniture and art. It has also left a sense of a period more akin to our own than the intervening stuffy and pious Victorian era. It appears to us an age filled with humanity, common sense and enlightenment. In this survey of social conditions for every rank of Lancaster inhabitant in the eighteenth century, well-known local historian Andrew White examines what it was really like to work and live in the Georgian town.

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`Anyone with an interest in Lancaster or the north of our county must be impressed by the research and authoritative style of this book.' Garstang Courier