|The original triple arch entrance to the Burlington Arcade.|
|Interior of the Burlington Arcade today.|
In the early 19th century Lord George Cavendish was the owner of Burlington House. But no matter how splendid his residence, Lord Cavendish derived little pleasure from sitting outside because of a constant rain of oyster shells, apple cores, bottles and even the odd dead animal. This was because an alleyway ran alongside his property and the passers-by liked to lob their rubbish over his garden wall.
|The Burlington Arcade - interior.|
|The Burlington Arcade to the left and the edge of the Royal Academy to the right.|
|Lord George Augustus Cavendish.|
A beadle (the Georgian equivalent of a security man) patrolled the mall in order to stop the 'wrong sort' entering. The first beadles were recruited from the Cavendish family regiment of the 10th Hussars to enforce a strict code of conduct within the arcade which included: no running, whistling or playing musical instruments, no carrying large parcels and no babies' prams. In the 19th century the beadle had a leather armchair at the entrance on which to sit whilst keeping an eye on visitors. It was also the beadle's job to ring a hand-bell to tell the shops to close. To this day there is still a team of four beadles(but no chair) and they have the authority to eject you from the arcade if behaving inappropriately.
|Widget- because she's cute...and I wouldnt want her falling on my head!|
So finally, if you visit the longest covered street in
, spare a thought for the Burlington Arcade's original reason for
being - to stop dead cats falling on Lord Cavendish's head! Britain
Curious as to how you chose the name Grace Elliott. She was the woman I wrote about in My Lady Scandalous.ReplyDelete
How completely awesome that you visited, Jo!Delete
Indeed, I have a much worn copy of "My Lady Scandalous" and it's no co-incidence that I choose Grace Elliot for my pen name. My 'real' name is not much different from GE and I love Grace Dalrymple Elliot's love of life and how she wasnt afraid to take risks - she seemed the epitomy of what I aim for in my heroines and so was a natural choice for a pen name.
Do drop by again, you are most welcome here and if ever you fancied writing a guest post about the real Grace Elliot I would be thrilled to host you,
A co-worker and I had a question.... maybe another post you could explain how beadles got their name? We have seen the term in books over the years but never an explination..... just an idea.
I have always loved stories about the Cavendishes, they were a fascinating family. :-)
What a great idea for a post - I will do some research and see what I can come up with. You are such a regular visitor that I had in mind to ask if you had any requests for blog topics - so it looks like you beat me to it!Delete
What a fascinating post.
I don't get up to London all that much, however, I obviously know of Burlington Arcade, but have never given any thought at all, as to why it came into being.
I like the idea of there still being 'beadles' about, to stop any misbehaving, it's a pity more places didn't adopt the same approach.
In these days of increasing fly tipping, perhaps a few more Burlington Arcades might be a good idea!
It is an elegant solution to fly tipping!Delete
At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old woman, I wonder just how much notice people would take of an authority figure, like a beadle, these days. I'm inclined to think he'd just get abuse thrown back at him - there, that does sound cynical, doesnt it?
thank you so much for commenting, Yvonne :-)