Every wondered what a squeeze was like?
People have not done talking of the squeeze at Gloucester House, which was a most exact and daughter-like copy of the Drawing-room, both in numbers and quality.”
— Letter from Lady Williams-Wynn to the Hon. Mrs. Henry Williams-Wynn, May 18, 1818
A squeeze, as you know, is cant for a large number of persons crammed into a space too small to accommodate them.
A Regency hostess’ dream.
Purchased in 1806 by the 2nd Earl Grosvenor, Gloucester House became Grosvenor House, the new London residence of this vastly wealthy family. The squeeze Lady W.W. wrote of took place in the house as it was being enlarged and redecorated.
That evening, guests were ascending the great marble steps to the assembly rooms above, when:
“Mrs. Ross took a faint upon the stair-case, and in…
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