Guiding you through Southampton as a spa town between 1745-1840.
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Jane Austen's Southampton
"Beware of the unmeanng luxuries of Bath and the stinking fish of Southampton" wrote a young Miss Austen in Love and Friendship.
To complement to the guided walk on the same theme, this talk offers a wider focus on the development of Southampton as a spa town between 1745-1840 and life in Georgian Southampton. John Constable came here for his honeymoon, Sarah Siddons bought a house as a seaside retreat, Thomas Gray wrote about the bathers, the walks, the climate... and expensive lodgings. The Marquis of Lansdown built a gothic castle, Richard Taunton founded a school from the profits of privateering, Mary Wollstonecraft worshipped in Holy Rood church where next door Dr Monkton inoculated the poor as in inducement to visitors.
Nelson, Thackeray, and the cross-dressing Chevalier d'Eon all patronised Southampton Spa.