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The Transformation of English Provincial Towns in the 1700's

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Lecture by Carolyn Knight at 7.15pm. (Doors open 6.30pm)

Provincial towns developed substantially over the 18th century, with elegant new buildings providing spaces for social life: assembly rooms for dances and card playing, theatres for plays and concerts, grandstands to watch races. In county towns especially, the gentry had houses for use over the winter and for special occasions, so families could socialize, shop and avoid the isolation of country life.

The increasingly prosperous middle classes who lived in the towns could commission portraits, buy the latest books, go to plays and promenade along socially exclusive walks in their elegant dress. The lecture will look at various towns, such as York, Norwich and Nottingham, as well as considering the rise of resorts such as Bath and Brighton.

The University of Huddersfield, Room SJG/11, Spärck Jones Building, Firth Street, HD1 3DH

Tickets at the door. £7.50 for non-members

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Art, crafts and hobbies Art and craft-related items, including exhibitions, sales and workshops. Also, hobbies like modelling and collecting.
Learning and interest Events related to education and careers, as well as learning for fun. Also, talks, guided walks, and events of historical or other interest.

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