13th September 1813

The lamps put up for the Season.

To those of us in a world with the benefits of electricity we have instant light and heat literally at the flick of a switch.  For Dr Lucas, and indeed everyone else until relatively recently, as the September evenings began to draw in, getting the lamps up and filled was an annual  event and no doubt marked the start of the autumnMany homes did not enjoy the convenience of gas lighting until the later 19th century and electricity was often installed as late as the 1950s in some rural areas.

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