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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.