Our Mr Bennet, who is almost synonymous with the Jane Austen Centre as he stands at the Centre entrance in all weathers to greet our visitors with warmth and charm, has been featured in the Bath Chronicle this week.
His article is the first of the Chronicle’s new series ‘Meet the’…, which will be taking a closer look at the personalities who make Bath such an incredible place.
“He’s a great addition to the Jane Austen Centre, everyone knows him and greets him and he knows every street, square and alleyway in Bath.
His local knowledge is unparalleled, he sees everything from his perch on the steps outside the Jane Austen Centre, he even reports misdeeds and fights to the police or council, he misses nothing.”
Some things you might already know about Mr Bennet:
He makes his own period clothes having worked for a gentleman’s outfitter and costume hire company.
“I bought myself a little sewing machine and I do all the research as to what men would have worn during Jane Austen’s time.”
…others might be more surprising…
When Martin’s not working he’s a rock ‘n roll fan and dresses as a Teddy Boy or Elvis and goes to gigs.
He also loves motorbikes and dresses head to toe in leather when out on his beloved Honda 750.
You can read the full interview with our Mr Bennet here.