tue08feb6:30 pmOnline Lecture: Lodging in Georgian LondonOnline talk by Gillian Williamson6:30 pm Book Now

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For all their apparent elegance of appearance, the new streets and terraces of Georgian London were, in all but the most elite locations, very densely occupied.

In addition to the occupying household, their servants and apprentices, there were many men and women who lodged in one, two or more rooms the household could spare. Contemporary estimates of the number of lodgers in the capital in Georgian times was around 38,000 people – more than the entire population of Norwich, England’s second city. Some of these lodgers were famous, like Jonathan Swift, Lord Byron or John Keats, others more obscure. This talk looks at the infrastructure of Georgian lodging, how a newcomer to Georgian London found a room, and what life was like in a crowded house shared with strangers who were there to subsidise the landlord’s/lady’s household budget.

Gillian Williamson received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2014 for her thesis on the 18th-century Gentleman’s Magazine. She has published on this, on 18th-century popular politics and most recently on life in Georgian lodgings: Lodgers, Landlords and Landladies in Georgian London (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). She also volunteers with the Georgian Group.  

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