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Dreaming of an elopement and arguing over an address – Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper gives out advice whether it is wanted or not

Mrs Finnegan, the celebrated advice giver and outstanding housekeeper at  The Regency Town House, is asked her opinion on TWO THORNY issues. Read on, dear reader, to discover the answers and … Continue reading

February 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Life of Mrs Finnegan PART I The FLAMING RED Years….Being the TRUE ACCOUNT of the Brighton Housekeeper’s rise to prominence in the 1830s

A request has flooded in asking about my EARLY life. How did I acquire such a RICH UNDERSTANDING of human nature? Why do witty quips pullulate so readily from my … Continue reading

November 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

Coping with a Tedious Tea Party and “Praise” for Old Maids – Good Advice from Mrs Finnegan, the Brighton 1830s housekeeper

Mrs Finnegan is the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT as well as housekeeper at The Regency Town House. Mrs Finnegan asks readers to note that a … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · 7 Comments

Unrequited love and the Science of Warts ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT

Mrs Finnegan, the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT, is giving advice despite damp feet at The Regency Town House …and meets a new neighbour for the first … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Vanity of Youth and the Danger of Men and Umbrellas: ADVICE from the 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT

Mrs Finnegan, the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT, is answering letters at The Regency Town House She is waiting for one of her own with hope in … Continue reading

July 21, 2020 · 3 Comments

How to Fight greying hair and unscrupulous grocers The Wit and Wisdom of Mrs Finnegan, the 1830s housekeeper extraordinaire

The housekeeper has the care of the linen, of the grocery – dried & other fruits, spices, soap, candles and stores of all kinds. In short she is the LADY … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · 5 Comments

Wild fantasies and an unexpected letter from the Mistress…Most Estimable ADVICE from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT staying indoors at The Regency Town House Sometimes I have fantasies about things that could not possibly … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Wit and Wisdom of Mrs Finnegan, the 1830s housekeeper extraordinaire

My housekeeper’s room is a fortress fit for an ancillary pope. Not so long ago in an ORDINARY week you could have found me here in the evening sipping a … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Despair and Dinner Parties ADVICE from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT I have lately taken up residence as Housekeeper at The Regency Town House in West Brighton … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · 2 Comments