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|Letter 37 and 38; Walking with Mrs Chamberlayne....
Written by JulieW
(9/20/2007 8:32 a.m.)
I thought you might like to see a little bit of the area around Bath to work out how very desperate a walker JA was. I do love her almost gruding admiration of Mrs Chamberlayne, don't you...;-)
This is Cary's map of the Environs of Bath dating from 1812.
And here is a close up of the places JA walked to with Mrs Chamberlayne: Weston, Lyncombe and Widcombe.
Weston can be seen to the North West of Bath on this map: Lyncombe and Widcombe to the South East.
Note that at the time JA was walking to Widcombe and Lycombe in 1801, the Pultney bridge was under repair,and many peope made their way across the River Avon by the Whitehall Ferry- a small boat which was "punted " across the river to the far bank. This service had first been estblished in the late 1730s before the Pultney Bridge was built, to enable visitors to visit the Spring gardens.
This picture is a representation ,not of the Whitehall Ferry but of the ferry that used to convey visitors to Vauxhall Gardens in London from one bank of the river Thames to the other, but I thought I wouod include it here as it could give you some idea of the type of journey JA and Mrs Chamberlayne might have taken.
Here we have a view of Bath: you can see it is almost set in a "pudding basin" surrounded by hills. Walking in Bath is not the easiest thing to do,I can from personal expereince confirm,as the hills are quite steep.I admire JA and Mrs Chamberlayne immensely ;-)
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