Phebe’s Hitchin Book

Memories of Life in Regency Hitchin

Transcribed and annotated by John Lucas

Phebe's Hitchin BookPhebe Lucas was born in 1816 at the Brewery House in Sun Street, Hitchin. As a member of the Quaker brewing family of Lucas, she grew up at the heart of a close and influential circle. Later, as Phebe Glaisyer, she wrote this vivid account of her early years for her children, who knew it as her ‘Hitchin Book’. It is a rare and charming account of family life in early 19th century Hitchin, essential reading for those interested in Hitchin’s past or in Regency life in general.

John Lucas has transcribed and annotated her diary, with additional chapters to give some background to her writing.

About the transcriber

John Lucas is Phebe’s great, great, great nephew who worked mainly for government mapping agencies until his retirement. He was born in the New Forest but has lived in Wales for the last 20 years with his wife and their family. As well as being a keen genealogist John enjoys photography, and hill-walking in Wales and North Yorkshire.

This book is currently out of print.
ISBN: 978-0-9552411-4-78
Publisher: © John Lucas, Hitchin Historical Society
Design and layout: Barrie Dack & Associates
Printer: Olive Press, Stotfold, Hitchin
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