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I Love Jane Austen

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Edited: Dec 15, 2009, 12:36am Top

I think this might be a little obscure, but I know there are people who know the answer, and what better place to start than right here. Last historical question that I asked was answered in an hour, so I think someone here might know.

Okay, so this past summer I took a picture of my daughters amongst the trees of The Circus in Bath. I'm not sure what type of trees they are, but they are HUGE! I'm wondering if those trees existed during Jane's life, and if so, how small were they? We have similar size trees in the area that I live that are about 100 years old, but I don't know if they are the same species of trees. So, I guess my question is: what type of trees tower over The Crescent in Bath, . . . how old are they, and if they were planted during Jane Austen's time, how big were they? I can't imagine they were as majestic as they are now, and I think their majesty makes Bath a more lovey Austen experience.

Conversely, having done a little study on the hedgerows of England, I've learned that some of them are much, much older than Jane Austen, and that is beyond wonderful. We wandered down a road 9 miles south of Bath with hedgerows that were incredibly dense and full of plant species . . . they had to be very old. It's fun to look at plants and think that Austen or Dickens might have looked at the same tree or hedge . . . never mind Henry VIII.

Edited: Dec 15, 2009, 2:31am Top

I have no idea about botany although I'm pretty sure that the trees would have existed in Jane Austen's time. Would it be very strange to assume that they had been planted at the time the Circus was built? That would have been by 1768, according to Wikipedia.
Here's a picture of the trees:

Edited to add:
Note to self: read the text first. Just found this:
The central area was paved with stone setts, covering a reservoir in the centre which supplied water to the houses. In 1800 the Circus residents enclosed the central part of the open space as a garden. Now, the central area is grassed over and is home to a group of old plane trees.

I assume this means that Jane Austen would have known these trees, although they would have been quite small, and Henry VIII wouldn't have known them at all.

Dec 15, 2009, 10:33am Top

Great picture! Aren't they fabulous trees?

Dec 15, 2009, 12:28pm Top

Thanks for the pic; it may be the closest I get to Bath!

Dec 15, 2009, 12:40pm Top

We went a few years ago and loved it. I'd like to go back.

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