SHEDNOTES 94: Mucky habit missing from Poldark


The Shed has lost the date but this letter appeared in the Telegraph …

SIR – The otherwise excellent BBC adaptation of Poldark misses the target as regards one important detail: I have yet to see anyone taking snuff.

No period film about the Forties neglects to show how popular smoking was at the time. Snuff taking was, if anything, even more universal in the 1780s.

After the Battle of Waterloo the ground around Napoleon was said to be brown for a distance of several feet. He didn’t bother with the niceties of a snuff box but had his coat pocket lined with leather and filled with snuff (violet-scented in his case).

Wynne Weston-Davies
Salperton, Gloucestershire

thankyousir …

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