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|1806 catch up.......
Written by Julie W
(Thursday, 15 January 2009, at 6:02 a.m.)
Upon Mrs Lloyds death, Martha Lloyd joined Mrs Austen ,Cassandra and Jane to become part of their household.
Mrs Austen Jane and Martha took a trip to Steventon to visit James and Mary and their brood in January 1806, returning to Bath at the end of January. They then took what they hoped would be temporary lodgings right in the very heart and bustle of Bath in Trim Street. A place Casandra had once hoped they might not ever inhabit....
Here is the large Bath map of 1803:
Here is the annotated version:
and here is a close up of Trim Street...
...no hope of glimpses of much greenery form this part of Bath,and teh prospect of much noise and bustle..
When they arrived back in Bath the girls did have some welcome news.An old friend of the Leigh Perrots had left them a legacy of £50 each, which funded JAs whole expenses for a year. Mrs Lillington may have inspired part of the character of Lady Russell in Persuasion ;-)
By April Mrs Austen if we can judge from her letter to her daughter in law Mary, wife of James,was feeling exasperated at living in Trim Street:
Trim Street Still.
The Austen ladies did make the trip to Hemstall Ridware, ( mroe on this later)but they decided to leave Bath and the hunt for elusive good accommodation for ever.....becasue Frank( my hero!) suggested they set up home with his new bride, Mary Gibson in Southampton. Did I ever tell you that I love Frank?
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