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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:
The front of the Guildhall. Note the new Adam style of curved facade with finely carved friezes between the Corinthian columns:
The Bath Abbey, as viewed from The Roman Bath:
The Roman Bath, where the water was praised for health benefits:
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 Circus, Britain’s first circular street, designed by the architect John Wood:
The Parade Gardens, alongside the River Avon, across from the Abbey:
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
All photos and text copyright by Arti at Ripple Effects, December, 2007.