Stephen Lycett

Introducing Mr Blackwood

Mr Blackwood’s Fabularium is a new novel that paints a panorama of Victorian England through a set of charming short stories.  A great read for fans of Victoriana, steam engines, top hats, ghosts and bathing machines!

Available both in in paperback and e-book formats, it can be purchased either from Amazon or from this website. For further details of the book itself and to order, click here.

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A History of Lost Sensations 4

A History of Lost Sensations 4

The painting is Life at the Seaside or Ramsgate Sands by W.P. Frith. By modern standards these seaside tourists of 1853 look horribly uncomfortable because they look horribly over-dressed. That it’s a hot is obvious from the number of parasols. But why, we ask ourselves, the bonnets and shawls, the bowlers and top hats, the neckties and the waistcoats? Why is no-one, apart from the […]

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A History of Lost Sensations 3

A History of Lost Sensations 3

The olfactory world of the Victorians was more rank than ours. Let’s start with sewage. Most people know about the Great Stink of 1858, when a heatwave acting on the raw sewage in the Thames produced a stench so overpowering that Parliament was forced to close. Among the reasons for the sewage pollution in the river were the well-meant reforms of the 1830s and 40s […]

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A History of Lost Sensations 2

A History of Lost Sensations 2

In the last blog I offered soundscapes from the present, from fifty years ago and from 1533. What about a hundred and fifty years ago? We think of the modern world as a noisy place and, if you live under the Heathrow flight path, no doubt it is, but I think we’d be surprised by how noisy life in Victorian cities really was. Thomas Carlyle […]

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