Fans of one of England’s most famous novelists have been turning heads as they celebrated their literary hero with a walkabout in period dress.
About 800 people are currently attending the annual Jane Austen Festival, which concludes today.
Earlier, almost 50 people in period dress lined the platform at Bath Spa station to take a train to Trowbridge.
They enjoyed a tour of the Wiltshire town’s Georgian buildings before having afternoon tea at Parade House.
The festival is based in Bath, but this year the organisers wanted to expand the popular event to new parts of the region.
Trowbridge town crier Trevor Heeks welcomed the ladies and gentlemen in their period outfits, before they went on to play regency parlour games and then caught a train back to Bath.
Fans of the author travelled from around the globe for the event, some from the United States and others travelling from countries such as Denmark and Czech Republic.
The annual 10-day festival celebrates the life and work of novelist Jane Austen, known for novels including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in the Hampshire village of Steventon where her father was the local clergyman
She began writing as a teenager and published books, anonymously during her lifetime, based on her observations of middle and upper-class Regency England.
The novelist lived in Bath from 1801 before moving to Southampton and then the Hampshire village of Chawton after her father died.
She died in Winchester in 1817 at the age of 41, and is buried in the city’s famous cathedral
Her books Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously, and a final novel was left incomplete
A vast array of events including croquet games, walking tours and promenades around the city are being held every day until the festival comes to an end on Sunday. – BBC