A (paint) brush with the past.

Seems the residents – down at Bath Riverside – are starting to take a keen interest in the re-painting job a bunch of dedicated volunteers are gradually carrying out upon an old Stothert and Pitt built steam crane ‘parked’ nearby.

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It stands proudly in front of the Crest Nicholson residential development on this old brown-field site beside the River Avon.

There has been a lot of effort put in to preserve this relic from Bath’s industrial past. A mechanical marvel rescued from obscurity and brought – at Crest Nicholson’s expense – to be a lasting symbol of the land’s former occupants.  A machine made here in the huge factory of one of the world’s greatest crane makers.

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Bryan Chalker

It’s conservation is being organised by Bryan Chalker – a former Mayor of Bath and Heritage Champion while he was a B&NES councillor.

Bryan is eager to promote the industrial history of a city that – some might think – is keener to push its more profitable Roman and Georgian past .

I asked him how things were going.