© Professor Mike Rendell, 2014
Using extracts from personal family collections, diaries, handbills and other records, the range of possibilities for entertainment available in London will be discussed. From sight-seeing to exhibitions, events which appealed either to the downright curious or to those with more cultured tastes will be covered, including public punishments, prostitution, sporting activities, gambling, the circus, playhouses and exhibitions. Travel and home entertainments (such as music and drinking and other pursuits) will also be covered.
Mike Rendell spent thirty years as a lawyer in Bristol before retiring to Spain a decade ago. He has used his time to research a huge collection of papers from the 18th Century. These included everything from diaries to inventories, accounts to shopping lists, and other ephemera kept by an ancestor who traded as a hosier and haberdasher from his shop at One London Bridge in the 1760's. The ancestor married a fortune, but later fell out with his children and became a farmer in the Cotswolds.
The result of Mike Rendell's studies were published in 2011 as The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman.