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December in Austen’s Regency Bath

December in Regency Bath

Jane Austen’s December in Regency Bath

December has arrived and despite all the frantic busyness, the instinct is to be retrospective, to take a long last look down the way we have come. The turning of any year – whether 2001 or 1805 – marks the end of a cycle.

Jane Austen’s last frugal lodgings here in Regency Bath were a stone’s throw from the most elegant and stylish shops outside London. Bath’s commercial backbone runs up from the Colonnades to Union Street, and from Bond Street into Milsom Street, meeting the shoulders of Edgar Buildings at the top. In distance, it’s only a few hundred sloping yards, but every step of the way is paved with gold. “Why here one may step out and get a thing in five minutes!” – as long as you have the spending power, of course.

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