THE BATH ASSEMBLY ROOMS  provide a glimpse back in time to the late 1700s when fashionable society visited, to see and  be seen. When completed they were described as the ‘the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom’.    1.jpg

 
Frequented by both Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, the rooms were originally built by architects John Wood the Elder and his son, John Wood the Younger, as a venue for balls and concerts.


Sir Walter, his two daughters, and Mrs Clay, were the earliest of all their party at the rooms in the evening: and as Lady Dalrymple must be waited for, they took their station by one of the fires in the Octagon Room. 
Jane Austen — Persuasion

 

In the ball-room, the long card-room, the octagonal card-room, the staircases, and the passages, the hum of many voices, and the sound of many feet, were perfectly bewildering.
Charles Dickens — The Pickwick Papers


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