Victorian Bournemouth (141) explores the appetite which the resort’s audiences had for theatrical entertainment despite its moral threat.
Victorian Bournemouth (140) reports on how the Shelley family initiated amateur dramatics in the resort during the 1870s.
Victorian Bournemouth (139) explores further aspects of the community inhabiting Springbourne, the Bournemouth suburb housing many working people.
Kinship support groups Introduction Victorian Bournemouth (138) explores active kinship groups as a possible reason for Springbourne’s rapid population growth in the 1870s. Victorian Bournemouth (138): background Decline in rural population Despite lying in Hampshire, Bournemouth attracted many migrants from Dorset towns and villages. At least three adult natives of almost forty Dorset towns and […]
Victorian Bournemouth (137) provides demographic and geographic background for further analyses about Springbourne’s population and society as captured by the 1881 census.
Victorian Bournemouth (136) charts how the arrival and spread of technology brought many benefits to the resort’s inhabitants.
Victorian Bournemouth (135) explores female itinerant swindlers who invaded resorts and spas in pursuit of easy money.
Victorian Bournemouth (134) concludes an analysis of how a housemaid brought a case of criminal libel against her employer and social superior.
Downstairs v Upstairs Introduction Victorian Bournemouth (133) examines events concerning a parlourmaid who sued her former employer for libel in 1872. The case has a tangential association with Bournemouth, but it highlights how the law could on occasion balance the relationship between affluent and working people. In this case, Lydia Crouchman, a parlourmaid, sued her […]
Spirited opposition Introduction Victorian Bournemouth (132) analyses attitudes towards increasing the resort’s licensed establishments during the 1870s. Before 1869, a trader might obtain a licence to sell alcohol by paying a fee to the local excise officer. Thereafter, magistrates, sitting in session, controlled the supply of such licences. Their annual ‘brewster courts’ provided good copy […]