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Airport Bus Video

The Jane Austen News is: Martin Salter

Our ‘Airport bus Video’

Take a look at this little 1 minute video we made to show on the Airport Bus which runs from Bath city Centre to Bristol airport and back again.

Its a bit of fun and shows Martin and Centre Guide Elle as well as the Regency Tea Room.

 

The Jane Austen Centre aims to be not only informative but exciting and illuminating. With knowledgeable staff, a lovely period atmosphere, exclusive film, costume, contemporary exhibits, maps and books. It is the perfect starting point to an exploration of Jane Austen’s Bath.

The Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806 and the effect that living here had on her and her writing.Gay Street is the ideal location for the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, set between two of Bath’s architectural masterpieces, Queen Square and the Circus.

Dr Oliver biscuits

Enjoying a taste of Georgian England

Jane Austen actually lived in Gay Street (higher up the hill on the same side, at No.25) for some months in 1805.

Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident.

Pultney Bridge, Bath“They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel. She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already. They were soon settled in comfortable lodgings in Pultney Street”.

Northanger Abbey

The Royal Crescent in BathIn Persuasion, the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot is relieved to find that Admiral and Mrs Croft, visiting Bath for the Admiral’s gout, are staying where he will not be ashamed to visit them: “The Crofts had placed themselves in lodgings in Gay Street, perfectly to Sir Walter’s satisfaction”.

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The Month of November in Regency Bath

November in Regency Bath

The month is November, and we’re back in the 1800s exploring Regency Bath.

The autumn has been mild, tentative and lingering, and then, suddenly, to borrow Coleridge’s phrase, “at one stride comes the dark”.

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeJane Austen was unlikely to have read “The Ancient Mariner” or even to have heard of its slightly disreputable author, though Coleridge made several visits to Bath around the time of Jane’s connection with the city. Posterity might consign these two great writers to the same library shelf because they coincide in history, but in life a huge gulf divided them. Barriers of gender, class and political affinity – not to mention the stifling social conventions – would have sent Miss Austen walking hurriedly past “STC”, if she had ever encountered his scruffy, lurching figure. What a pity – the debate they never had, between imagination and self-discipline, could have lasted well into the new nineteenth century. They would have had much to debate on the subject of fear and its control. Continue reading The Month of November in Regency Bath