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Martin on the television

Martin SalterEnglands most photographed man We knew it would happen. Our Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been recognised as England’s most photographed man. Out of the blue we recieved a request from HTV for an interview with Martin. We are always happy to oblige the press so when they arrived it was with surprise that they wanted to do a piece on Martin being ‘England’s most photographed man’. Have a look for yourself on HTV’s online channel. Well done Martin! (more…)
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The Festival starts with a splash!

Wow, what a start. Despite a bit of rain the promenaders turned out in their finery to celebrate the start of the Jane Austen Festival. Click here to go to the full story from the Bath Chronicle. (more…)
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England’s Most Photographed Man

Martin SalterWell he’s finally been recognised for what he undoubtedly is, ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’. How great that Martin Salter the cheery Meeter/Greeter at the Centre is rightly lauded for his work. Anyone else wouldn’t get anything like the attention that Martin generates by his unique personality. We are rightly proud of his achievement. Read the news item in the Bath Chronicle. (more…)
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The Watsons by Jane Austen

The Watsons by Jane AustenThe Watsons – An unfinished novel by Jane Austen This novel fragment was begun by Jane Austen somewhere in 1803-1805. It is unclear why she never finished it, though she clearly had intentions to. It was not published until 1871, and then, as part of James Edward Austen-Leigh’s Memoir (Jane Austen had left it untitled; the title “The Watsons” was provided by Austen-Leigh). The first winter assembly in the town of D. in Surrey was to be held on Tuesday, October 13th and it was generally expected to be a very good one. A long list of county families was confidently run over as sure of attending, and sanguine hopes were entertained that the Osbornes themselves would be there. The Edwards’ invitation to the Watsons followed, of course. The Edwards were people of fortune, who lived in the town and kept their coach. The Watsons inhabited a village about three miles distant, were poor, and had no close carriage; and ever since there had been balls in the place, the former were accustomed to invite the latter to dress, dine, and sleep at their house on every monthly return throughout the winter. On the present occasion, as only two of Mr. Watson’s children were at home, and one was always necessary as companion to himself, for he was sickly and had lost his wife, one only could profit by the kindness of their friends. Miss Emma Watson, who was very recently returned to her family from the care of an (more…)
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Guinness World Record

It’s official! The world record for the  largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes was achieved by 409 participants, for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK, on 19 September 2009 The previous world record stood at 200 people and on a beautiful sunny day in September last year, 409 of us got together in Bath Assembly Rooms and broke the world record.   Our photo shows a small section of the assembled promenaders in the ballroom at the Assembly Rooms.  The event also raised money for the charity Breakthrough Breastcancer which benefited from the ticket sales. A very big thank-you to everyone who took part and helped to break the record and Welcome to the very select club of Guinness World RecordsTM holders Enjoyed this article? Visit our giftshop and escape to the world of Jane Austen for costume, patterns and more. (more…)