Pump Room behind bars!

The Pump Room
The Pump Room disappearing behind scaffolding.
The Pump Room disappearing behind scaffolding.

Scaffolding is currently going up over the facade of the Grand Pump Room – facing Abbey Churchyard. It will eventually be continued around the corner into Stall Street.

There is a lot of work to be done on the roof of Thomas Baldwin’s 1790-5 – which was completed by John Palmer after Baldwin’s dismissal in 1793.

I am told some specialist cleaning of stonework will also be carried out while the building is shrouded.

Looking towards Abbey Churchyard from Stall Street
Looking towards Abbey Churchyard from Stall Street

Not the most attractive look to one of Bath’s iconic buildings but the Council has chosen an out-of-season period to tackle the job.

Without maintenance there would be no Georgian building for our tourists to admire.

My thanks to Dan Brown – the man behind the excellent on-line archive Bath In Time – for this image of the Pump Room taken in the mid 1970’s.

The Pump Room in mid 1970's. It had been cleaned by 1979.
The Pump Room in mid 1970’s. It had been cleaned by 1979.

It certainly shows how dirty the building had become after years and years of countless coal fires burning in Bath.

This horrible black carbon coating has since been removed from most of the grand facades in the city.