"Bath seems full, and every thing as usual"
Roman baths at Bath
Creative Commons AttributionRoman baths at Bath - Credit: Jake Keup

 Bath is a city in south west England, about 13 miles south east of Bristol; it was established as a spa town by the Romans in 43AD.

During the Georgian period (1714-1830), it again became important as a spa, as well as a popular social venue for fashionable society. Its popularity and status during this period is reflected in the city's architecture, of which the Royal Crescent and The Circus (both of which were built in traditional Bath stone during the second half of the 18th century) are particularly notable examples.

Jane Austen lived in Bath between 1801 and 1806*, and two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both published posthumously in 1818), are partly set in the city.


* some sources say 1805