Where in the World is Jenna Jaxon? (Part 9)

Good Morning all! Here’s the latest from

BATH !

This is the city, out of all those in my travels, where I felt most connected to the Regency period. Even though the town’s popularity was waning during the early 19th century, so many places are still available to see, I just had fangirl moment after fangirl moment.

Arrived to find I was staying in the heart of the city, Great Pulteney Street, in a Georgian house B & B.

MY B&B IN BATH

And since my most current WIP, It Happened at Christmas, is set in Bath, I was thrilled to find out I wasn’t staying a block away from where I had my heroine, Portia Willingham, living in the book.

THE SHOPS ON PULTENEY BRIDGE

I ended up walking just about everywhere, although my first full day, I used the Hop on Hop Off bus so I could see everything, then go back to the places I needed to visit in person.

The first of these was the Upper Assembly Rooms. This is where I began to get a little verklempt. I had just been writing about my heroine and hero dancing in the Ballroom and suddenly I was standing in that very ballroom! And let me tell you, it is huge! It could accommodate up to 800 people and looking at it, I believe it. The chandeliers are monstrous and gorgeous. There are five of them. I stood looking at them and could imagine perfectly what the scene would have looked like with all the candles lit, the ladies and gentlemen mingling or dancing. So verklempt.

BALLROOM AT THE BATH ASSEMLEY ROOMS

SEDAN CHAIR AT BATH ASSEMBLY ROOMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Outside the ballroom I had another moment when I saw they had on display two period sedan chairs–just like the ones in the scene I’d written the night before!)

I managed to continue through the Octagon Room and the Cards Room (now a cafe), then downstairs to visit the Costume Museum. Gorgeous period era clothing, including Regency of course.

REGENCY FASHIONS

Then up the street to the Royal Crescent, where I had my novella’s hero living. Took pictures of the Crescent and of No. 12 (where Benberry and Daventry live in the book), although it looked vacant.

ROYAL CRESCENT

The next morning I went the other place that had me verkelmpt–Sydney Pleasure Gardens. This park, the only existing 18th century Pleasure Gardens still in existence, was down at the end of the street where I was staying. I walked all over it, taking picture after picture which helped me immensely as I finished the book that night, with a scene set in Sydney Gardens! It really doesn’t get any better than this.

SYDNEY PLEASURE GARDENS

(If you want more info or pictures on Sydney Pleasure Gardens, click here to go to my recent article on it for Historical Hussies.)

Afterwards I went to the Jane Austen Center, the Bath Postal Museum, and finally stopped at the Pump Room for Afternoon (Gluten-Free) Tea. A long, relaxing time with delicious food and a three piece orchestra playing tunes from My Fair Lady when I walked in. 🙂 If you are ever in Bath, you should do the tea at the Pump Room. Afterwards, I went to the Roman Baths, and finally back to my B & B.

WRITING WITH QUILL AND INK AT JANE AUSTEN CENTER

TEA AT THE PUMP ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next morning I was off and running again to a completely different part of the country. And another story for another day. 🙂

Cheers!

Jenna

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4 Responses to Where in the World is Jenna Jaxon? (Part 9)

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Bath is a fascinating place. I loved the Roman ruins.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I was so busy running around finding all the Regency related things, I fear I didn’t give the Roman baths the time I needed to. They were the last thing I did the day before I left and I must confess, I was tired! But they are fascinating. I took scads of pictures! I’ll be doing blog posts about each one of these historical sites in the months to come. 🙂

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  2. I’ve always wanted to travel to Bath. The history there is so rich. I’m glad you got a thorough look at the place. Research on the internet and at the library is good, but being there in person really seals the deal. Have a great time wherever you fetch up next. And keep the travelogue coming; it’s fascinating.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      This has been such an awe-inspiring trip! There is really nothing like seeing places, touching things for yourself that makes it come alive in a wholly different way. Thanks, Trish!

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