When Queen Anne died without any heirs, the English throne was offered to her nearest Protestant relative, George of Hanover who became George I of England. His son, grandson and great-grandson were also named George and thus began the long period in English history known as the 'Georgian period'.
At this time, English society underwent a revolution in art and architecture, and many of the beautiful stately homes that we have today were built at this time. Why not take your Lydia for a visit to one of them and see what Georgian life would have been like for her, before her voyage to the Colonies ?
Here are a few of our favourites !
The Georgian House Museum, Bristol The Georgian House Museum was built in 1790 for John Pinney and is a gorgeous 6 story townhouse that has been restored and decorated to its original glory.
Dr Johnson's House, London Samuel Johnson compiled his great Dictionary of the English Language ( the first English dictionary ) in the Garret of this house. Today, the House is open to the public and is a hidden gem in the bustling city.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire One of the most impressive buildings in the UK, Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century and was a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. It is the birthplace of another Churchill - Winston - was born here in 1874. The palace was used as a convalescence hospital for soldiers in WWI.