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Mr Monkey in the footsteps of Jane Austen, 3rd June

"It was a very posh row of houses"

Mr Monkey looking towards Marlborough Buildings Mr Monkey looking at the Royal Crescent

A little past the end of the gravel walk Mr Monkey came to the Royal Crescent, a row of 30 houses designed by the second John Wood and built between 1768 and 1775. It was very fashionable to spend Sunday promenading in front of the Royal Crescent. There's a story that Marlborough Buildings, the row of houses sloping down the hill, were built as a giant windbreak to stop the westerly winds annoying the walkers.

You can read about the Royal Crescent at the Royal Crescent Society website.

Mr Monkey spotted one of King Bladud's pigs on the grass near the end of the Gravel Walk.

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