The Foxearth and District Local History Society

The Hysterical Hystorian

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Keeping warm with an ancient gentlewoman

From the pages of the Ipswich chronicle, for 1741 comes the following delightful story. One only wishes that the reporter had gone into more detail

January 3rd 1741

London-----From St Edmunds in Suffolk we hear that an ancient gentlewoman of 72 years with an estate of £300 per annum had to defend herself from the extremity of the cold weather, in an honourable way taken to bed a young fellow of 23 years.


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