Friday 22 June 2007

Toasting Karl Moritz - # 146

Here we are working hard on our research to find the inn where Karl Moritz stayed in Richmond.

He arrived on the 21st June 1782, so it's appropriate to toast him.

Over the next few days I'll post photos that try to show the scenes he described in Richmond during his short stopover, and also some shots of the various inns that I tested. Later, I'll also go back to show some shots of the other possible river crossing points that I identified but eliminated.

It's amazing how much of what he describes still exists in essence, and some of it almost unchanged after 225 years. Even the weather is the same! Karl expresses dismay that the morning of 22nd June was very cloudy.....and so it is today!!!!!......very cloudy indeed!!!!!!


  1. There is an old saying that history repeats itself and it certainly does in weather. It is going to change though as Global warming issues begin to alter our climate.

    Nice photograph and cool narrative.

    I am back from my self-imposed vacation.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo

  2. This has been fun! Enjoy the research into the inns!

  3. Ahh - warm beer and dark taverns. As you say, the pleasures of life stay the same

  4. Really enjoying your blog. I lived in Richmond for quite a few years (early 80's) and like seeing pictures of my old home town.

    What I'd REALLY like to see is you doing a photoblog of the PUBS! When I was there, Richmond had more pubs than any other borough. I tried to visit most. How about Angel'n'Crown, Orange Tree, The Ship, them 2 on the green, ,down by the river, maybe over the river into Twickers, or out into Kew?

    Big project, if you can hack it!

    It all brings back happy memories. Keep up the good work.

  5. Oh... How I love your pubs !!! Am in right if I say that the left pint of beer is a Guinness?

  6. I admire your dedication to the task. Make mine an icy cold lager, thugh, thanks!
    Enjoy the winter sun in Sydney!

  7. Cheers. Whether Karl Moritz or not, it's a fine warm-lighted, communicative atmosphere.

  8. Well now...if you read Anonymous comment you can see what a mamouth task this is, but I'll try hard. It's not that easy (unless I try it lying on the floor).

  9. A great action shot that also tells an interesting story. What tipple were you drinking? Greetings from Torun!

  10. Excellent website. Good work. Very useful. I will bookmark!