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Saltburn Cliff Lift
This beautiful example of Victorian engineering is the oldest water-balanced funicular anywhere in the world.
Added by Dr Alan P Newman
The 19th-Century Freakout Over Steam-Powered Buses
A new vehicle on the streets of London caused quite the commotion—and some light sabotage.
August 30, 2017
How 7 Sisters Made a Fortune off Their Rapunzel-Like Hair
In the late 1800s, the Sutherland women earned millions by marketing a hair-growth tonic.
August 17, 2017
The Mischievous 'Ghost Hoaxers' of 19th-Century Australia
To stave off boredom, some people donned sheets and menaced the public.
August 02, 2017
No, Victorians Didn't Cover Up Table Legs Because They Were Too 'Sexy'
Debunking an admittedly adorable myth.
July 14, 2017
The Once-Common Practice of Communal Sleeping
What's a shared bed between colleagues, anyway?
June 22, 2017
Papplewick Pumping Station
This Victorian marvel of engineering and artistic prowess is nicknamed the "Cathedral of Steam."
Added by Capemarsh
The Victorian Belief That a Train Ride Could Cause Instant Insanity
"Railway madmen" were thought to be activated by the sounds and motion of train travel.
May 12, 2017
The 1880s Supper Club That Loved Bad Luck
How to remove the stigma from the number 13? Through a series of macabre dinner parties, of course.
April 25, 2017
The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings
Something old, something new, something borrowed, and a guy in a top hat covered in soot.
April 20, 2017
Victorian 'Coffin Torpedoes' Blasted Would-Be Body Snatchers
Grave robbing got more hazardous in the 1880s.
April 03, 2017
The Victorian Teenage Girl Who Entertained Crowds by Overpowering Men
Lulu Hurst's seemingly supernatural strength made for a compelling night out.
March 30, 2017
The Rude, Cruel, and Insulting 'Vinegar Valentines' of the Victorian Era
Nothing like getting surprise hate mail from a would-be lover on February 14.
February 08, 2017
Hidden Cells of Newgate Prison
Remnants of cells from the most notorious London prison may lie in the basement of a rare Victorian Gin Palace.
Added by Luke J Spencer
The Father and Son Who Ate Every Animal Possible
William and Francis Buckland saw Noah's Ark as a dinner menu.
January 19, 2017
How Cab Drivers Changed the London Landscape
Why are there little green huts all over London? To keep cabbies from being wet or drunk.
January 06, 2017
Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking
Do not try them at home.
December 22, 2016
How the Victorian Fern-Hunting Craze Led To Adventure, Romance, and Crime
"Pteridomania"—an obsession with ferns—gripped the era's amateur botanists.
December 12, 2016
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