1815: Regency Britain in the Year of Waterloo

1815: Regency Britain in the Year of Waterloo

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The year 1815 was the year of Waterloo, the British victory that ended Napoleon's European ambitions and ushered in a century largely of peace for Britain. But what sort of country were Wellington's troops fighting for? And what kind of society did they return to?

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Fifty tunes automatically, including hymns. The officers had mahogany writing desks and there were instruments for making geological, botanical, zoological and magnetic observations. Before they left London, the Illustrated London News had written: ‘The arrangements made for the comfort of the crews are excellent. The quantity of stores taken aboard is considerable.’ There was tea and rum, 909 litres of wine for the sick, 4,287 kilograms of chocolate, 3,215 kilograms of tobacco and 4,200.

The first preventative measures to be adopted during the Industrial Revolution. It did not stop pit disasters though. Steam powered many of these new enterprises. It enabled coal to be hauled to the surface, looms to be driven in mills, water to be pumped out of Cornish tin mines, forges to be powered, glass to be blown and pottery to be baked, corn to be ground, paper to be manufactured and, increasingly, engines to be driven along tracks, carrying cargoes to canals. These machines were great.

Option the longer the Napoleonic wars went on: the length of the conflict increased inflation and raised prices, but civilian pay in many industries did not keep up. At least as a soldier there was food, accommodation, some basic medical care and even the chance of a pension if one served and lived long enough. Linch’s researches show that in 1808 an infantry recruit would commonly receive �16.6s cash in hand for enlisting for an unlimited period, eleven guineas for a short term, but by 1813 the.

Squares. After the initial fire, the cannon had been temporarily deserted as the artillery men took cover in the squares, and the attacking cavalry were then struck by successive volleys of musket-fire. They had been misinformed. There was no retreat. It must have come as a shock in their last seconds before the buffeting blows of shot and musket-ball struck them like a punch, winding them and lacerating their bodies and those of their horses. The remaining French cavalry surged onwards, lapping.

Peeled off; the yeomanry saw off more by the time they got to Stockport, and still more melted away overnight. They had been promised that by the time they got to Birmingham there would be 100,000 others with them, but in the event only one man got beyond Leek in Staffordshire. It did not stop the authorities rounding up the ringleaders and even trawling in Bamford, who had stayed at home. The spectacle that the local magistrates and ministers had in mind was not the bedraggled Blanketeers, but.

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