The Ghost of Piccadilly Terrace
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When the actress Sarah Miles was asked for her opinion about the famous Regency doyenne Lady Caroline Lamb;
she replied that Caro “was a woman born out of her time and was forced to suffer hugely because of it.”
As I too was born ‘out of my time’; about two hundred years to be precise, I have a fond heart for Regency history and it is no secret that I also have a passionate interest in the life of the poet Lord Byron.
For what's NOT to like about this Regency firebrand, political revolutionary, exiled poet and scribbler and THE original 'Lord of Misrule'?
AND as much as I adore Byron's poetry and letters and remain intrigued by his unique and fascinating life; I also believe that his image as THE original Regency ‘bad boy’ has also been complimented by the scandal surrounding his brief marriage to Annabella Milbanke and which would precipitate his journey into exile from their grand (and VERY expensive!) London home at 13 Piccadilly Terrace in April 1816.
The Ramblings of a ‘Regency’ Recondite is the tale of this ‘Polite Tourist’ who has set herself the task of following in the footsteps of Byron as he lived AND loved from the cobbled streets of Aberdeen to the elegant colonnade of Melbourne House in London until his exile from our shores in April 1816.
Although Caro Lamb is remembered for her glorious and difficult life; I confess that all I have been ‘forced to suffer’ has been the windswept train stations, the occasional motorway queue, the inclement weather and the inability to read a map correctly!
Yet despite the frustrations of transport delays, weariness and a frequent diet of suspect food that is probably familiar to most travellers; I have relished the opportunities to visit the wonderful places that are tinged with the history of Byron and also the kindness of those I have met along the way.
The Tales from Lord Byron's Abode...
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