Wicked Twickenham — 14 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this information about Twickenham and Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park; as well as the romantic history about Marble Hill House and it’s being built by the mistress of George II and the retirement to it of George IV’s.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Deborah – there is so much interesting historical background to these places, they are rich with history, and of course everything links back to Jane Austen!

  2. It’s always interesting to get new “inside” information about the places Jane puts in her novels especially as an American it’s difficult to know let alone visit easily. How fortunate you are to have such a knowledgable friend to show you around.

    • Thanks for commenting, Meg. Researching and visiting places that have some connection to Jane Austen are two of my favorite things to do in the world, and believe me I know the worth of a friend like Ron, who makes things so much easier in so many ways.

    • You’re welcome, Carol. Research into the places Jane Austen knew and wrote about in her novels, really enriches the reading experience.

    • I know, right, Stephanie?! Must have been the tabloid fodder of their day. If they’d had cameras, you just know the paparazzi would have been staking out Marble Hill!

  3. I am so envious of your time in England and of such an amazing friend to give you Austenesque tours!!

    Enjoy your time in the UK, and we look forward to hearing more from you.

    Be safe!

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks so much for commenting, Susanne. I’ll be writing several more posts about things I experienced on my trip. It makes it even more wonderful to share.

  4. I saw Ham House many years ago and was struck that the owners had a bathtub with running water installed in the late 1600s! And all those tables made of solid silver, too heavy to be walked off with, unlike cutlery: what a way to preserve your fortune. It was one of my first inklings of how much loot was pouring in from the various colonies! Very interesting place. The first place I ever arrived in England at age 16 was Twickenham–very beautiful as I remember, but none of the history registered at the time! Thanks for sharing.


  5. This is a terrific and delightful post. Thanks for doing it. I can use this information in a talk I’m giving in September.

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