“One Never Tires of Bath” A Rational Tour, Part 1

“One Never Tires of Bath” A Rational Tour, Part 1


Hello, I’m Hazel and I’m one of the
creators of Rational Creatures and today I’m going to be having a Jane Austen-y look around Bath. [triumphant music] Hazel: See [music continues] Hazel: What a coincidence. So I’m just walking up to Alexandra Park In Northanger Abbey I
think Catherine goes up there and is like, “Wow, it’s just like the South of France!” Hazel: Huraaaay Hazel: Does not look like a big hill but it goes around the corner. And I’m so unfit. Hazel: (panting) I would not do
the Bath marathon… thing that Anne Elliot does “They determined on walking
round Beechen Cliff, that noble hill whose beautiful verdure and hanging coppice render it so striking an object from almost every opening in Bath. “I never look at it,” said Catherine, as they walked alongside the river “without thinking of the south of France.” So Bath um, has existed in some form since about
the Romans. They found the natural hot springs. But it came to its like real
high point during the Georgian era and then into the Regency. It became like, I don’t know, not like the Las Vegas of Britain? but somethingish like that? Yeah, and that’s kind of
how Jane saw it her the first time she came When she was a teenager she came to visit
her relatives. Think it was her aunt. Yeah. And she kind of seemed to feel similar to
Catherine Morland with all the rhapsodies of finally getting out of my little town in the middle of
nowhere and into EVERYTHING So there were theatres and stuff, there were the healing waters, which was the main attraction. I think I’ve read
that people used to drink like eight glasses of the water a day If you go to the Roman Baths
they have at the end where you can drink the water But it always looks absolutely
disgusting There were dances in the big assembly hall, which is so beautiful still But by the time she moved here in like her mid-twenties Um, she wasn’t so keen. I think Bath is mentioned in every one of her books but usually not in a complimentary way Now it’s all like gently faded grandeur and happy tourists
and like cool culture But then it was like, you know, Jane needed her time, she needed time to write. She barely wrote. she wrote some of the Watsons I think when she was here but nothing that got ends up being published one of her major works Actually she was very scathing of like high society things in a lot of ways and there’s
a lot of that here I read stuff which suggested she was probably a bit pissed off about being carted to Bath because like the reason a lot of people went to Bath was
get themselves a wealthy husband and that wasn’t really on her to-do list at that time. I think is also quite fading by time she got here. Like when her mother was young like, Bath was in its heyday. When she came back it was like slightly faded people reliving the glory days, much like Sir Walter Elliot, I think. Her father also died here, which is probably another reason she wasn’t a huge fan. So yeah she lived in four different houses here. I think we might visit two of them if we have time. I think it might be time for us to move on. [upbeat music] My filming skills are pretty dodgy. This is gonna be probably filmed in the side of 2007 Persuasion i.e. as bumpy and handheld as hell. I walk past this book shop all the time and it’s never open and now it’s open and it’s so beautiful! [music continues] and can I just say look at all the of girl’s school books! my gosh, if I were to have come here as like a 12 year old I would’ve just sat here all
day, and I’m pretty tempted to do that now [music continues] I’m in the center bit now… duh duh duuuh! [music continues] We’re not going in, but this is the Roman Baths. [street performer playing guitar and singing] [Classical-ish music plays] Here it is. Mentioned all the time. Now it’s just a really fancy tea room basically. But no it’s in , I think both Persuasion movies and it is
really nice it’s just really intimidating so let’s just walk past it. Ooooh, chandeliers and fancy people! Ooooh This might look very un-special and in fact is pretty darn un-special. This is also where–I think, don’t quote me on it–but I think, this is where Anne met Wentworth for the first time when he arrived in Bath. Though not in the movies, but I think in the book. maybe? I will check it out later. [Classical-ish music] And now I’m gonna make Thomas Hardy proud and talk architecture. Ahem. So, my dears, there was the postmaster of Bath, and I think of quite a lot of Somerset Called Ralph Allan. And he decided to buy
a small series of mines just outside Bath. There they were mining this stone which was like really yellow and distinctive. And he’s like, this is quite the selling point. So he built this like, a big like, really impressive, um, building in Bath out of it, so everyone would want some. and it absolutely worked. Um, I think Buckingham palace is built of bath stone. Most buildings in Bath are out of bath stone or made to look like like bath stone. It’s so much just the look now. So yeah, that’s why Bath looks a bit different than anywhere else which is really cool. [Classical-ish music intensifies]
and makes it really really beautiful. Here we are on the spectacularly named
Gay street. And…guess who lived up here? It’s two very important people–it’s the Crofts and also Jane Austen! Which is why her little Museum House
Centre thing is up here somewhere… The actual house is now dentist’s but… Guys, check it out: the epilogue you never knew you needed! Here we go. It’s our giiiirl! (decisively) right! Hazel: Hey, Martin! Martin: Oooh oh hello! how are you? Hazel: I’m good thank you. Martin: Oh, that’s fantastic! So you graduated? Hazel: yeah, couple days ago. Martin: Oh, fantastic! So, that was Martin. Who’s like, I think, one of the most photographed men in the world. And I know him from, um–I used to do Regency dance–but yeah that was the Jane Austen Centre, briefly. This is the gravel walk. And, you know, Anne and Frederick have a bit of, you know, some smoochy nice times here. And according to the Jane Austen Centre website, this is like the Lover’s Lane of that day, so, it’s where you wanted to go if you wanted to have a bit of a kiss or a stroll with your loved one, which is cute! [Upbeat music] That’s lucky because that’s where we’re
headed next [Upbeat music fades…]

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