Jon Adams asks if l can solve a mystery for him.
“As a kid growing up in Bath I would regularly walk past the Holbourne Museum in Bathwick. Lovely building which was arguably improved with the addition of the glass cube bolted on the back around 10 years ago.
Soon after the museum underwent the transformation, something peculiar happened. They lost their “O”. The Holbourne became the Holburne.
I’ve spent a lot of time wandering around Bathwick, Sydney Gardens and even the nearby K&A canal looking for the “O” but to no avail.
I’m now wondering whether it accidentally got buried in the footings/foundations for the glass extension.
Is this something that you would be interested in investigating? Happy to join you in a dig; can bring a spare shovel!”
He also includes this:
Below: found on internet, old publicity document clearly showing “Holbourne”.
Jon, am l wrong in thinking your tongue might be firmly stuck in your cheek?
The Holburne Museum was originally known as Sydney House and served as the entrance way to the Georgian Pleasure Gardens beyond. It housed everything from a ballroom to a pub – and later became an hotel and, after that, a college.
Trustees of the William Holburne art collection bought it in 1911 and it became a museum. Being named after its benefactor, l am not sure where the idea of that ‘missing o’ came from?
Unless anyone knows differently!