Pump Room

A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places; with a description of the Lakes ; a Sketch of a Tour in Wales and Itineraries. Illustrated with Maps and Views (1803) by R Philllips

For those who are unable or unwilling to join in more gay and expensive amusements, the new Pump-room presents unrivalled attractions. Here an excellent company of musicians perform every morning, during the full season; and a numerous assemblage of ladies and gentlemen, walking up and down in social converse, during the performance, presents a picture of animation which nothing without any regard to fashion, may freely perambulate the Pump-room can exceed. All persons who are decently dressed, without any regard to fashion, may freely perambulate the pump-room. Those who drink the waters, however, are expected to pay about a guinea a month, besides a gratuity to the pumper.

This noble room was built in 1797, on the plan of Mr Baldwin, architect: and improved by and under the direction of Mr palmer, the city surveyor. It is 60 feet long by 46 wide and 34 feet high. The inside is set round with three quarter columns of the Corinthian order, crowned with an entablature, and a covering of five feet. In a recess at the west end is the music gallery, and in another at the east an excellent time piece over which is a marble statue of King Nash. In the centre of the south side is a marble vase from which issue the water with a fire-place on each side.

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 Chapter 22 
They found Mrs. Musgrove and her daughter within, and by themselves, and Anne had the kindest welcome from each. Henrietta was exactly in that state of recently improved views, of fresh-formed happiness, which made her full of regard and interest for everybody she had ever liked before at all; and Mrs. Musgrove's real affection had been won by her usefulness when they were in distress. It was a heartiness, and a warmth, and a sincerity which Anne delighted in the more, from the sad want of such blessings at home. She was intreated to give them as much of her time as possible, invited for every day and all day long, or rather claimed as a part of the family; and, in return, she naturally fell into all her wonted ways of attention and assistance, and on Charles's leaving them together, was listening to Mrs. Musgrove's history of Louisa, and to Henrietta's of herself, giving opinions on business, and recommendations to shops; with intervals of every help which Mary required, from altering her ribbon to settling her accounts, from finding her keys, and assorting her trinkets, to trying to convince her that she was not ill-used by anybody; which Mary, well amused as she generally was, in her station at a window overlooking the entrance to the Pump Room, could not but have her moments of imagining.

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