Other Matters of Lovelock Interest

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We had been led to believe that at some point in the 17th Century King Charles 1 introduced the Lovelock - as a long ringlet or plait usually separated from the rest of the hair, brought forward on the shoulder and tied with a ribbon or rosette. Amongst European "men of fashion" the lovelock was apparently made to rest over the left shoulder (the heart side) to show devotion to a loved one, as in the portrait to the right, or, with considerable exaggeration, as in the engraving of Sir Thomas Meautys (1592 - 1649) to the left.

However, "Fairholt's Costumes in England", published in 1896, states that Lovelocks "... were sometimes called French locks. In "Rub and a great Cast" of
1614 "a long French lock" is mentioned. In Green's "Quip for an Upstart Courtier" of 1592 a barber asks "Will you be Frenchified, with a love-lock down to
your shoulders, in which you may weave your mistress's favour?"" So King Charles was apparently adopting a well-established custom, but one which royal
patronage would do nothing to diminish.

A stricter mood influenced other 17th Century English hairstyles as the poorer population and the Puritans wore shorter, uncurled haircuts under caps.

In the New World in 1634 the students at Harvard (they were all men) were forbidden to engage in the fashion extremes of hairdressing, including long hair, Lovelocks, and hair powdering. See also Variants on the Lovelock Surname.

But here to the right is a photograph to prove that the style could still find a place in an alehouse frequented in December 2019.

If you ever find yourself at a loose end in Liverpool, Lancashire you might like to make your way to Unit 6 in the Old Haymarket, postcode L1 6ER, where you will find the Coffee Shop opened by Sarah Lovelock in 2017:


Long may the business thrive!

Another of the Company's products, pictured on the left below, generated a degree of on-line discussion in an attempt to discover what it is and how it was used, but all to no avail.
If you can identify it and know how it was used please let us know!

The picture on the right is a knife-grinding and sharpening machine which was another of the company's products.

Mystery Implement Knife-grinder

Photograph (left) Copyright Farmers Insurance, 218 South Main Street, Livingston, Montana, USA

Photograph (right) Copright GracesGuides

If you think that one of the characteristics of the British is their propensity for queuing - for the bus, for tickets (for anything), at the supermarket checkout - then you will be surprised by the story of Mrs Irene Lovelock, the Anti-Queue Champion. British Pathe made a short film about her which you can view at Mrs-Lovelock - anti-queue champion. Irene also founded the British Housewives' League as a campaigning response to food shortages after the end of the Second World War.

Harry Alfred Lovelock
(1908-1977) is mentioned in a book entitled 'Tiger Tales from South-West Tasmania' in connection with the capture of a Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine, a creature now thought to be extinct, with the last one known in the wild shot in 1930 and the last in captivity dying in 1933:

"Fitzgerald trapper, Jim Salter, is on the record books as having caught a tiger at Adamsfield in July 1923. In company with his hunting companion, Harry Loveluck, they managed to transport the young tiger back to Loveluck's Fitzgerald home where it was kept overnight in a wooden box. The next day it arrived by train in Hobart where it was sold to Beaumaris Zoo for twenty five pounds.  It is believed that this animal died shortly after of natural causes."

Pull's Ferry and Cathedral Gatehouse, Norwich in more recent times