Making his mark

It was good to bump into lettering artist, stone carver and sculptor Ian Cotton again – and this time picking out the carved Georgian lettering for New Bond Street which had lost its original colouring.

This has been going on around the city for some years and is funded by the Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund.

Ian has certainly left his mark on the city and its surrounds over the years.

He did the commemorative stone in the garden of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery – by William Herschel – of the planet Uranus.

The stone also marks the very spot where William set up his telescope and first viewed the planet on a crisp March night in 1782.

He also created the Cotswold Way marker stone that was set in the pavement outside Bath Abbey back in 2012.

The 1.4m (4.5ft) diameter stone features the Cotswold Way acorn symbol at its centre, and can be found in the Abbey Church Yard near the Roman Baths. The stone features place names from along the route of the Cotswold Way.

The last time l encountered Iain he was busy restoring the ledger stone marking the grave of Bath architects John Wood – Senior and Junior – in the church of St Mary’s at Upper Swainswick.