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|Another reason it was desirable
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/12/2005 5:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Lofty" location of Camden-place, penned by Barbara
Another reason the location of Camden Place was desirable was that it was lofty. In Bath the higher up the hill you were (and the closer to the Circus) the higher your status in life tended to be. The exception to this was the location of the Austen's first home in Bath which was very low n the valley but desirable because it was across from Sydney Gardens with their amusements. As the family, or what was left of it, decreased in rank and fortune after her father died they were forced to take cheaper and cheaper lodgings. The first of these was higher up the hill, but still only the upper floor of another house, so it didn't necessarily fit into loftier=more desirable rule. By the end the three Austen women were forced to take lodgings in a few rooms, lower down toward the town in the busy shopping area. Very unfashionable indeed.
There was a very practical reason why lofty=more desirable in Bath: the city is built on a swamp. Part of the complex of drains built by the Romans was in place to keep the city from flooding, but of course that system was mostly disused and dismantled in Austen's time and every year, until the the sewage system became modernized in the 1970s, many of the houses in the lower part of the town would flood in their basements.
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