More damage spotted on the rim of the basin part of the Laura Place fountain. It’s really not the best time of year to go and view this currently waterless feature.
The basin contains a lot of broken glass and broken fragments of Bath stone that have fallen in from damage – frost or human – to the rim.
Only last year B&NES carried out repairs. It has since been pointed out that the new stone does not match the carved mini-pillar corners that exist on the other three points of the basin.
One gets the feeling the fountain is not high on the Council’s list of city heritage stock. In these hard economic times it is such a shame some local benefactor cannot step in to make a proper job of this feature.
A rare example of Bath celebrating its waters.
Down at the other end of Great Pulteney Street – and in Sydney Gardens – workmen are doing a fine job of replacing a damaged section of the fencing on one of the Chinoiserie cast and wrought iron footbridge (1800) that span a section of the Kennet and Avon Canal (1799-1810) as it passes through this old Georgian Vauxhall.
Meanwhile on the other – city end bridge – evidence of a worrying international habit of leaving locks as a love symbol on bridges across water.
It’s sheer vandalism that has completely compromised one bridge across the Seine in Paris and has – more locally – ruined the look of Pero’s Bridge in Bristol. Apart from the look the extra weight can present a real problem.
So far the canal bridge has only two locks in place. Here’s hoping park users (and lovers) will keep an eye on things here.