Today BBC Radio 4’s redoubtable Woman’s Hour programme gave us a tour around Brighton to disocver details of its past (some of it relating to the Georgian and Regency eras) and some of its notable women. Louise Hume, a lecturer, devised the walking tour of Brighton for Herstoria magazine.
We visit the grave of Martha Gunn, the famous dipper, depicted below by Robert Deighton
We then visit the Theatre Royal. This is how it looked in 1805:
And the Royal Pavilion, the seaside palace of the Prince Regent, where we visit the exuberantly beautiful music room seen below:
The Pavilion was the home of Caroline of Brunswick, shown below, for a while, while her husband the Prince dallied with his mistress, Lady Jersey.
And we visit Marine Parade, home of Harriette Wilson, the mistress of Lord Carven, where we hear of her exploits,
as recorded in her memoirs:
Go here to access the programme which is available to listen again for another 7 days from today.
You can access the revlevant section of th programme approximately 20 minutes in. As Lydia Bennet wailed in the BBCs 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice,“I Want to Go to Brighton!“(In fact ,I am going there next year!) Enjoy!