A new book co-written by Theatre volunteer Bob Woodings is a must-read for anyone interested in life in Georgian Richmond.
Published this week, Life in Georgian Richmond, North Yorkshire: A Diary and Its Secrets has been the collaborative project of Bob Woodings and renowned local historian Jane Hatcher, and has all the intrigue of a historical ‘whodunit’. No one is sure who wrote it, how old they were or even exactly where they lived but the pages are full of daily accounts of what the diarist does with her time and what she sees around her.
Covering the short period from July 1764 to January 1766, the entries describe horse racing, dances in the local assembly rooms, visits by the militia, watching plays by visiting actors and details of every day activities such as shopping and plenty of tea drinking with friends!
“What makes the entries so fascinating is the fact that they show exactly what it must have been like living in the mid-Georgian period in a bustling and fashionable town in Northern England, chronicling what people did and how they behaved,” said Bob .
As well as the diary text itself, the book contains a number of mini-presentations that put the writing into a social context, together with fascinating maps and illustrations. For example, there are sections on the races, shops and shopkeepers, gardening and letter writing in the 1760s, as well as information on the people who feature in the entries. In fact, it is perfect for anyone interested in finding out what life was like in Richmond, just a few short years before our Theatre was built.
Life in Georgian Richmond, North Yorkshire: A Diary and Its Secrets is published by Pen and Sword and is available in bookshops.