Bath In December

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Due to the keen interest of readers to my previous post Jane Austen’s Bath, I’m posting here some more pictures of my recent visit to that beautiful Georgian City.  Enjoy!

At the time of my visit in early December, there was a Christmas market set up outside the major attractions, like the Guildhall, and the grounds by the Bath Abbey.  Despite the rain and wind, crowds of tourists gathered to look for unique Christmas gifts, arts and crafts, and savour the various kinds of food these vendors had to offer.  If you don’t mind the weather, cold, damp, and windy, Christmas is definitely a magical time to visit Bath.

These are the actual sights and architecture Jane would have seen.  And for relevance to Jane’s work, she had mentioned some of them in her novel Northanger Abbey in which Bath was the setting.

Again, these photos were all taken by Arti, writer of the blog Ripple Effects.  Site address:  http://rippleeffects.wordpress.com Pictures were all taken in Bath, England, in December, 2007.  All Rights Reserved.

The Guildhall, designed by Thomas Baldwin in the late 1770’s.  See the Christmas booths alongside and the Santa greeting visitors outside the arched entrance:

guild-hall-christmas-market.jpg

The front of the Guildhall.  Note the new Adam style of curved facade with finely carved friezes between the Corinthian columns:

The Guildhall curved frontage

The Bath Abbey, as viewed from The Roman Bath:

The Bath Abbey from the Roman Bath

The Roman Bath, where the water was praised for health benefits:

The Roman Bath

The Pump Room adjacent The Roman Bath, where everyone with a considerable family name in Jane’s time would gather, walk around, see and be seen:

The Pump Room Entrance

The Circus, Britain’s first circular street, designed by the architect John Wood:

The Circus 3

The Parade Gardens, alongside the River Avon, across from the Abbey:

The Parade Gardens

The Jane Austen Centre, where a permanent exhibition honouring Jane is located.  The Centre offers lectures, guided walking tours, a gift shop, and Tea Rooms where you can enjoy “High tea with Mr. Darcy”.  They also organize the annual Jane Austen Festival.  It’s located a few doors from Jane’s second residence in Bath, at 40 Gay Street.  Here’s the link to the Jane Austen Centre Website: www.janeausten.co.uk

The Jane Austen Centre

All photos and text copyright by Arti at Ripple Effects, December, 2007.

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Arti

If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

11 thoughts on “Bath In December”

  1. Bath is one of the most historic cities that I had visited 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I only had an afternoon there & didn’t see all of the hot spots.
    Thank you for the photos, they sure take me back memory lane. Keep on traveling Arti, take us afar to all these fine countries, islands, cities on earth – your blog is my window to the world.

    Thanks again.

    Molly

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  2. OOOOOHH! I’m so jealous!

    Looks like you had fine weather for the excursion. Bath is full of things to see and do. I haven’t been there since my honeymoon in 1990. Doesn’t look like it’s changed much, though 🙂

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  3. Molly Mavis: Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog…we’re looking out through the same window, but maybe at different scenery that’s all.

    Writinggb: Bath will definitely be a place I’ll return…maybe in different seasons to capture all its beauty and vitality. Thanks for stopping by.

    Lori: You know, I regret I hadn’t taken any pictures of the Christmas Market…it was huge with swarms of tourists, right in the Square by the Abbey and the Roman Bath…maybe Christmas 2008!

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  4. I loved my visit to Bath. We stayed in a small hotel off Pulteney Street and walked across the Pulteney Bridge every day to view all the sights. My one regret is that the skies were overcast and that my photos turned out dull and gray.

    Vic: Last time I was there it was wet and windy too. Fortunately I could still snap some pics in between dry moments. I also stayed in a hotel a short distance from the Pulteney Bridge! It was only a short stay but I know Bath will be a place I’ll re-visit for sure… hopefully in the not too distant future.

    Arti

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