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This is a map of Bath as it was in 1803 from my copy of  John Feltham’s Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places etc, of that year, and I have annotated with the locations of places very much associated with Jane Austen-and ones that we shall be visiting over the next few days. You can, as ever, click on the map to enlarge it.

They are as follows:

1. Walcot Church

2. Queen’s Square

3. The Paragon

4. Sydney Place

5. Green Park Buildings

6. Gay Street

7. Trim Street

8. Great Pultney Street

Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801-1806. During this time  her father had died and was buried there and the Austen ladies – Cassandra, Mrs Austen and Jane- had begun to realise exactly what living as quite poor, dependant, unmarried and widowed women meant  in the early 19th century…Her intimate know ledge of Bath was  used to great effect in her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, where Bath is a  ‘character” of the novels in its own right.  Eventually  in 1806 the Austen ladies left bath, visited nearby Clifton and took a summer tour of relatives in Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire before settling in Southampton.

Prior to  settling in the city  in 1801 Jane Austen had visited Bath, staying at Queen’s Square and it is there that we will begin our tour of Austen related sites in Bath in the next post. Do join me, won’t you?

Professor Vickery contacted me yesterday to say she had linked Rae’s lovely  review of her Fitzroy Square  lecture at her website.

She thought you might also like to know of her other forthcoming appearances, and so I list them here for you all to note.

She is doing a reading and holding a question and answer session  at the Geffrye  Museum in London on 4 March.

As I have already pointed out, and am hoping to attend, Professor Vickery is also  giving a lecture at  Fairfax House, York on the 18th March. Sadly, she thinks this event is now fully booked, but do note she is hoping to be able to do a repeat performance of the lecture the following morning,  the 19th March, as there are already 20 people on waiting list. Do phone Fairfax House  to see if they can book you a place, or put you on the waiting list  if you are keen on attending it.

On the 19th  May she is speaking on the subject of  on private lives at the Brighton Festival , and is  contributing to what looks like being a lovely interiors & garden history day at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

As to radio appearances, on Wednesay the 3rd March, Professor Vickery is appearing on BBC Radio 4 on Thinking Allowed, talking about 18th century servants with Laurie Taylor and Carolyn Steedman : this will be available on the Listen Again feature and as a podcast.

Finally I ought to  pass on Professor Vickery’s comments about our little community here:

I cannot tell you how cheering it is to know that there’s so much genuine and knowledgable enthusiasm for the 18th century out there.

I think that sums us up nicely!

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