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At the beginning of November, I visited Kingston Lacy to watch a re-enactment of Frances Bankes’ ball of 1791. You can read more about the original ball below.

I have been busy working on my Georgian novel and am happy to say that the first draft is finished. Now for the hard business of editing and naming my “baby”.

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Best wishes
Rachel
The Ring of Eight dancers at Kingston Lacy
Frances Bankes' ball
by Rachel Knowles


On 19 December 1791, Frances Bankes held a ball at Kingston Hall to celebrate the completion of the alterations to the house which had been going on since her marriage to Henry in 1784.

The ballroom was lit by huge numbers of candles with a splendid chandelier hanging down in the centre. There were around 140 guests with up to 36 couples dancing. The musicians had travelled from Salisbury to play. The dancing began at 9pm and continued until 7am in the morning, only stopping for supper at 1am when “the Eating Room and North Parlour Doors were opened, and displayed a very handsome Supper”. Long tables were laid out to accommodate all one hundred and forty guests at one sitting. Dancing continued after supper until breakfast was served at around 7am.

Frances Bankes was delighted with the evening. She wrote to her mother-in-law that: “I was perfectly satisfied from beginning to end”.

Sources: Kingston Lacy guidebook and re-enactment leaflets.
Links to my November posts:
Maria, Duchess of Gloucester
William Henry, Duke of Gloucester
Queen Victoria
Princess Sophia of Gloucester
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