Catholics in Jane Austen's England suffered many restrictions and sometimes even violence. In Bath, they eventually found a place to worship in the Old Orchard Street Theatre.
Jane Austen may have been looking back nostalgically to the Catholic monasteries of England when she wrote Northanger Abbey and other novels. Roger E. Moore describes the "sacred landscape" of England after the Reformation, and how it affected Austen.
Jane Austen's Bath was full of places of worship. Which ones might Austen (and her characters) have attended and known?
Girls learned the alphabet and the Bible by stitching. This is claimed to be Jane Austen's childhood sampler.
How much do you know about churches and chapels in Austen's novels, and in her world?
Did the waters of Bath really help the gout?
What is the gout, why did people go to Bath for it, and did the waters of Bath help?
A church, a chapel, an abbey, and a cathedral: What's the difference? And which ones would Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey have seen in Bath?