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The day after Catherine meets Mr. Tilney, she eagerly comes to the Grand Pump Room in the hopes of seeing him again. In Jane’s words, “Every creature in Bath, except himself, was to be seen in the room at different periods of the fashionable hours…” The Grand Pump Room was another popular spot to socialize. The Roman Baths next door have been used for its natural hot waters since around 70 AD. In Jane Austen’s time, people came to drink from the warm mineral waters that flowed from the Pump Room fountain. In autumn of 2017, the Jane Austen Festival honored “Northanger Abbey.” Festival-goers were inspired by the gothic novels Catherine loved, so a special Masked Ball was held in the Pump Rooms. Catch a schedule of this year’s festivities on their website. Otherwise, the Pump Room is still a lovely spot for afternoon tea or a lunch date.
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