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Jane Austen News – Issue 150

The Jane Austen News looks to Huntington

What’s the Jane Austen News this week? 

A Call to Date Like Jane Austen Would Have 

This week the Jane Austen News came across a lovely article published on Bustle. The article is a call to take a leaf out of the dating playbook (as it were) which was used in Jane Austen’s era. It details some of the old-fashioned ways in which couples used to court one another and grow closer as a partnership.

These were our favourites:

  • Take a long romantic walk together 

“Taking a long romantic walk was all the rage back in Jane Austen’s heyday, and it’s an underrated way to strengthen a bond with someone”

  • Go out dancing

In whatever style you like best!

  • Eat dinner together

It doesn’t have to be a candlelit meal with five courses. Just spending time together in a shared activity is the important thing.

  • Writing love letters

“Texts and emails are fine, too. But throwing in the occasional hand-written note is something that can be a great way to express how you really feel about someone.”

  • Create weekly rituals

“If you don’t already have them, it may be time to create a few daily or weekly rituals that are all your own, just like couples did before life got so busy.”

  • Bond over a board game 

Or a game of bridge with your neighbours. Or perhaps a game of badminton a la Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram.


We thought they sounded marvellous, and we’ll definitely be doing our best to remember to take a few more romantic strolls and write more love letters. Sometimes the old ones and the best ones.

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Jane Austen News – Issue 86

The Jane Austen News visits a book signing!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  

Austen Activist Strikes Again

Activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned so hard to get Jane Austen featured on the new £10 bank notes, has been on the campaign trail again. This time it was in the cause of getting a statue of a woman built in Parliament Square.

Her online petition received more than 85,000 signatures and now Dame Millicent Fawcett, who was the founder of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, will be honoured with her own statue next year to mark one hundred years since the first British women got the vote. The NUWSS used peaceful tactics to campaign, such as lobbbying MPs and undertaking non-violent demonstrations, and lead to the emergence of Emmeline Pankhurst’s suffragette movement.

Ms Fawcett’s statue will be designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing (who will be the first female sculptor to have a work displayed in Parliament Square) and will join those of Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela, already on display.

The Mayor of London said the statue was “long overdue” and Austen-note-activist Ms Criado-Perez said she was “thrilled” with the project.

AA01 Notes = Super Expensive!

They’re here, we love them, but some are more valuable than others. In fact three Austen £10 notes, each with a AA01 serial number, sold together for £250! Another £10 set to make big money is the AA01 000010 note which is predicted to make up to £10,000 when it goes up for auction next month!

Admittedly there are some unrealistic examples of £10 note price tags – with some sellers asking for thousands of pounds for a single note with an unremarkable serial number, but on the whole the demand for pristine Austen £10 notes is booming.


 A New Austen Location Highlighted

Experts are now asking whether Thornton Lacey, the parsonage first given to Edmund Bertram upon his ordination and marriage in Austen’s third published novel Mansfield Park, could have been based on real-life 18th century house Compton Verney in Warwickshire near Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue reading Jane Austen News – Issue 86

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Keeping a Georgian Christmas

Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr. Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. The superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century, perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling. Step inside to feel the warmth and splendor enjoyed by the highest echelons of Georgian and Regency society– imagine yourself at home with the Darcy’s, the Bingleys and the Elliots.

The current  exhibition, The Keeping of Christmas (November-December 31, 2011) being held at Fairfax House. provides a wonderful view of Christmas decorating and celebrating as it would have appeared in the time of Jane Austen. With such an array of holiday finery to behold, everywhere from the main rooms and halls down to the kitchen, it’s definitely worth a peek inside. Here are a few of the scenes you’ll find:

The Exterior of Fairfaix House, York


The Breakfast Room at Fairfax house, prepared for a morning meal.


The Dining room of Fairfax House, ready for christmas Dinner


A view of the main staircase at Fairfax House


A view down the Great Staircase (for there are several!)



The kitchen staff prepares Christmas dinner at Fairfax House


The kitchen at Fairfax House as the staff prepares for dinner.


Another view of the Fairfax House kitchen (note how the windows look out on the street)

For more information on Georgian holiday decorating as it pertains to Fairfax House, visit Austenonly.

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