Bath Festival – 1814 style

The picture of the Griffin Pub above was not taken by me but by local photographer Rob Coles. Seems we shared great things in mind as l photographed its colourful display of real flowers for my Picture of the Day.

Rob writes:

Seeing your pick of the day, The Griffin Inn, was a coincidence. I had also thought it looked good and photographed it when on my way to photograph the old Palace Theatre last week. 

 A friend, who now lives in the far west of Cornwall, lived there as a child (her bedroom window was in the photo) when her parents were the landlords. 

One of the treasures she has kept safe from those days is a handbill advertising the 1814 Bath Festival on Claverton Down, photos attached

Hand Bill photos courtesy John Atherton

Colin Johnston, retired Bath Archivist,  told me that he understands that the background to the 1814 Bath Festival is that the Treaty of Paris on 30th May 1814 brought peace between France and the European allies (including Britain).

Hand Bill photos courtesy John Atherton

July 6th appears to have been a national day of celebration in Britain. Emperor Napoleon, of course, wasn’t finally defeated until the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.