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Friday, 23 December 2016

SOUTHEND IN ESSEX: IT'S MENTIONED IN JANE AUSTEN'S 'EMMA'

In 1768, Southend was first mentioned as a sea-bathing centre.

Later, Princess Charlotte of Wales, daughter of the Prince Regent, visited Southend for sea-bathing, as advised by her physicians. In 1803 Princess Caroline of Brunswick (wife of the Prince Regent, afterwards George IV) visited Southend.
In Emma, John Knightley took his family on holiday to Southend. (Mr. Woodhouse would have preferred them to go to Cromer!)

Jane Austen herself seems never to have been to Southend. However, when writing Emma, she would have heard much of the place from her brother Charles. He visited her shortly after renting a house there.