Not a pretty picture.

As far as ‘photo opportunities’ go, Grand Parade is THE spot for tourists to stop and take a ‘selfie’ with the iconic – Robert Adam designed – Pulteney Bridge behind them.

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Not so busy at this time of year but thronged with tourists in the high season – all wanting to get a picture of themselves in front of Pulteney Bridge.

While some may linger to admire the waters of the River Avon rushing over the weir beneath them, l can’t imagine many taking in what is lurking on the other side of the stone balustrade they may be leaning upon.

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Here’s the view – looking through the cafe window.

Here’s the view through the window – from inside the Bridge Coffee Shop – and it’s sad to see the weed-infested stonework that makes up part of what is a Council-owned listed structure.

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Looking towards the bridge, on the other side of the balustrade.

Meanwhile Pulteney Bridge – completed in 1774 to connect the city with the new development taking place on the Bathwick Estate – has also grabbed my attention.

A Grade 1 listed structure, it’s been repaired and renovated several times with the last work – including bolstering its foundations – taking place around the time the current weir was constructed – in the early 70’s – as part of a flood prevention scheme.

Looking over the balustrade – from time to time – l have noticed an horizontal crack in its masonry that seems to have grown wider of late.

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The crack is below the cafe window and above one side of the first bridge span.

Not that l am saying – in anyway – that the structure is in danger – but would be keen to know whether the Council’s engineers have carried out an inspection.

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Hopefully you can see the crack in the horizontal seam between the masonry.

While we are in that historic location, B&NES recently appealed for a private developer to come in and help the Council breath new life into the Colonnades – a column-fronted space supporting Grand Parade above.

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Looking across the river towards the Colonnades.

Bath Rugby have now started the process of changing the look of one side of the riverbank at this point – and we await – with interest – to see what may or may not happen on the other side.

 

One thought on “Not a pretty picture.

  1. So what you’re saying is that we should close the bridge to all traffic and pedestrianise it or face having it structurally fail over the coming years?

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