|A view of the Lincolnshire fens|
Stamford in Lincolnshire is the home of Mr and Mrs Whittlesea, once embroiled in the affair of the Pevensey Letters. It is also the scene of an incident which Lord Liverpool draws to the attention of Mr. Norrell when he complains to him about the outbreaks of unlicensed magic taking place in various counties of England early in 1817. It appears that two young girls whispering secrets to each other in a house in Stamford were able to perform a spontaneous act of magic, although neither had ever before studied magic or so much as seen a magic book. According to Lord Liverpool, at this date "There are no magicians in Stamford, no magic books of any kind". This indicates that magicianship in Stamford at least is sadly fallen off from what it was in Mr and Mrs Whittlesea's day.