Tagged with John Latimer

The Dawn of Gas

Throughout human history, light has been crucial to humans – whether lack of natural sunlight preventing crops growing, or light to work and read. People had to make do with oil lamps or rushes dipped in fat, or the more expensive candles, the finest of which were made of beeswax, and in buildings that could afford … Continue reading

English Literacy

In the bible of Bristol history, the 19th century journalist John Latimer claimed that most of the city’s inhabitants were ‘as illiterate as the back of a tombstone, but this changed dramatically in the succeeding decades, with many schools being founded, often by Non Conformists, especially Quakers. Carl Philip Moritz’s observations in London of 1782 … Continue reading