When will Jane Austen's face appear on our £10 notes?
Like the rest our fellow Janeites out there, the Jane Austen Detectives are very much looking forward to the lady herself being on the British £10 note in 2017. But when exactly is her face going to appear on the note, and what will this do for Austen tourist hotspots such as Bath?. We came across an recent article written by Nancy Connolly at the Bath Chronicle.
"Tourism is huge in Bath, and Jane Austen is huge to tourism in Bath.
Being associated with the celebrated author, she lived here for five years, can be a licence to print money in the city.
Now that the celebrated author is to appear on the new £10 note in 2017, it is hoped more and more people will come the city, and there will be celebrations to make the groundbreaking feat of having a famous writer, and a woman at that, on the front of our £10.
Every years thousands of tourists descend on our city to celebrate the life of the author we have called our since, as she lived here for some five years during her illustrious career.
Some say she didn't stay long in Bath, some say she didn't even like the city, and others say she absolutely loathed living in Bath.
But, like it or leave it, Bath has claimed Jane Austen as their own, and when she appears in our wallets and purses as the face of the new £10 note in 2017, there will be parties all around the city to celebrate.
It is no easy task to be the face of a sterling currency note.
Ms Austen is in good company, with only The Queen and social reformer Elizabeth Fry before her, and they only got as far as the £5 note.
Getting the author best known for Pride and Prejudice on the note was the result of a long and hard-run feminist lobby, her main competitor being Sir Winston Churchill.
One of the first in line to celebrate when the new notes come out in early 2017 will be the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street, Bath, famed by Austen fans all over the world for its museum pieces to the author and for its regency tea rooms which tourists flock to , especially in summer.
According to duty manager Mykel Elledge, there are good reasons why the acclaimed author was not entirely happy during the five years she lived in Bath.
He said: "When she was very young she loved the city, it was like the Las Vegas of England because of all the gambling, boozing and partying and as a young woman she loved coming here.
"But when she came to live she was in her late 20's, Bath society people looked down on her and her sister as they were unmarried, that was how it was in those days.
"And then her beloved father died while she was in Bath, this was a most sad occasion as she was very close to her father," he said.
The family, including Jane Austen's father, mother and one sister began their life in Bath in a grand house at No 4, Sydney Place, opposite the Holburne Museum.
They then moved to Green Park Buildings, which has since been demolished, and then to Gay Street.
The family hit rock bottom after the father died as they lost all his income as well, and were forced to move to the run down area of Trim Street to live among prostitutes and thieves.
The world famous author had a very troubled time in our city, but with good reason, and this will not stop or stifle the party when the new £10 notes come into circulation.
It should be a big boost for tourism in the city, whether she liked it or not, hopefully."
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