Bath was once home to Regency author Jane Austen. In case anyone didn’t know, she is one of my favorite authors. (Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book). So naturally, while I was visiting, I couldn’t help but seek out any areas of tribute to the satirical author.
First stop was the Jane Austen Centre of Bath! Here we were taken through a tour of a town house much like the ones Jane herself would have lived in during her time in Bath, and we learned a brief history of her life, particularly of her time in the Georgian town. Though she did have enjoyable visits to Bath when she was younger, when Jane was forced to move there after the death of her father, she hated the town, missing the wilderness of the country. She barely wrote all while living in Bath, although two of her novels are set there (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion).
We had a chance to try on Regency style clothes, and of course I couldn’t resist. (I love dressing up). Feel free to chuckle at my new ensemble.
After the tour and after I had spent yet more money in a gift shop (I did buy a lovely feather quill though, as well as some sealing wax and a a seal for my letters), my friend Jeneane and I retired upstairs to the tea room for some lovely tea and scones. It was a nice light lunch, and the tea was delicious. I almost bought some of their special blends, but managed to retrain myself.
During one of the more pleasant times of Jane’s period in Bath, she liked to walk through the Sydney Park Pleasure Gardens. I took an early morning walk there, and it was very peaceful. I could easily see why Jane loved it.
But Bath wasn’t the only Austen-themed place we visited. Keep watching for my next post, where I’ll describe our journey to northern England to see the beautiful Chatsworth House, which is believed to have been Jane’s original inspiration for Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley (Pride and Prejudice). Until then, my readers!