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The Epping Hunt, or the ‘Cockney Hunt’ was traditionally held on Easter Monday.

The Epping Hunt, or the ‘Cockney Hunt’ was traditionally held on Easter Monday.

Easter Monday: A View of Fair Mead Bottom Epping Forest by James Pollard, 1820, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Easter Monday: A View of Fair Mead Bottom Epping Forest by James Pollard, 1820, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

King Johns Palace, Eltham - Retrieving a Kite, 1788  By Paul Sandby

King Johns Palace, Eltham - Retrieving a Kite, 1788 By Paul Sandby

Mary Wollstonecraft autograph letter signed to Catharine Macaulay, 30 December 1790, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1790.

Mary Wollstonecraft autograph letter signed to Catharine Macaulay, 30 December 1790, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1790.

Scene in Hyde park June 14 1798-  How cold was it in June that everyone is in coats and hats?  Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection

Scene in Hyde park June 14 1798- How cold was it in June that everyone is in coats and hats? Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection

Crooms Hill in Greenwich, overlooking Hyde Vale, Blackheath. Following their elopement, Lord Charles Bentinck and Lady Abdy took refuge in a house on Crooms Hill, passing as Captain and Mrs Charles Brown. They remained there, undiscovered, for some weeks. #Regency http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-Right-Royal-Scandal-Hardback/p/12374/?aid=1156

Crooms Hill in Greenwich, overlooking Hyde Vale, Blackheath. Following their elopement, Lord Charles Bentinck and Lady Abdy took refuge in a house on Crooms Hill, passing as Captain and Mrs Charles Brown. They remained there, undiscovered, for some weeks. #Regency http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-Right-Royal-Scandal-Hardback/p/12374/?aid=1156

At the other end of the social spectrum, Easter Sunday was a chance to promenade in Hyde Park, dressed in your finery, but beware an importune April shower!

An early 19th Century Easter Miscellany

At the other end of the social spectrum, Easter Sunday was a chance to promenade in Hyde Park, dressed in your finery, but beware an importune April shower!

Meditations at Brandy Burgh or an Address to Sun. Print by Theodore Lane, 9 June 1821. Shows Queen Caroline holding a brandy bottle as she shields herself from the rays of the sun depicted as George IV.

Meditations at Brandy Burgh or an Address to Sun. Print by Theodore Lane, 9 June 1821. Shows Queen Caroline holding a brandy bottle as she shields herself from the rays of the sun depicted as George IV.

View from the street, looking across the gardens in the square from the north front; elegantly dressed figures on pavement in foreground, separated from square by iron railings; illustration to Ackermann's The Repository of Arts, part 45 volume 8. 1812. Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

‘Tom Jones’: the history of a female soldier

View from the street, looking across the gardens in the square from the north front; elegantly dressed figures on pavement in foreground, separated from square by iron railings; illustration to Ackermann's The Repository of Arts, part 45 volume 8. 1812. Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Dick Dock, or the Lobster & Crab (Greenwich Pensioner caricature) - National Maritime Museum

Dick Dock, or the Lobster & Crab (Greenwich Pensioner caricature) - National Maritime Museum

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