Turnstile turnaround.

They may be small but many would agree – l am sure – that they are perfectly formed. I am talking about the two ornamental kiosks flanking the double-gated entrance to the Recreation Ground at the bottom of William Street.


Bath Newseum follower, Dr Michael Pritchard spotted the fact they were being boarded up and thought we might like to see some photographic evidence.

Michael is a photographic historian, researcher and writer by profession and very kindly sent along some images for us to see.

The hoarding starting to go up. Photo taken by Dr Michael Pritchard.

These two charming little wooden kiosks – with their ogee crested ornamental roofs – are Grade 11 listed. According to Pevsner, they date from around 1895 – although the British Listed Buildings website has them as circa 1930.

Photo taken by Dr Michael Pritchard.

John Flinn who is CEO of Bath Recreation Limited told Bath Newseum:

‘The Turnstile Gates are undergoing much-needed refurbishment and restoration work.

The work is subject to Listed Building consent (17/03117/LBA) and Historic England were consulted during that process.

Once complete (expected to be about 7 weeks) the Gates will be the primary pedestrian access to the Rec.’