Bath visitor who helped free slaves.

My thanks to Caroline McGinn who is a Bath guide and  a follower of the Virtual Museum for pointing out that today – October 18th –  is Anti-slavery Day and honours the work done by William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who was a frequent visitor to Bath. Says Caroline: ‘William Wilberforce is always remembered as the leader […]

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Behind the scenes

Bath’s Fashion Museum is fifty this year and what a little gem we have tucked away in the basement of the Assembly Rooms. Though it does come ‘upstairs’ from time to time. During the summer staging a celebration of Laura Ashley fashion in the ballroom and – this week – part of the collection was […]

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Another Roman baths!

Bath’s amazing Roman bathing complex is a top attraction for people visiting this World Heritage city but other than using their imagination there is no way of seeing what a bustling hub it must have been during the four hundred years this part of the country was under Empire rule. The baths and museum are […]

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Warming up at Bath Abbey.

Looks like that trial patch of under-floor heating is now being laid on the north side of the nave within Bath Abbey. It is where local building firm Emery’s have been busy excavating and then filling the voids recently discovered below the Abbey floor. All human remains encountered are going to be re-interred after a […]

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Wave goodbye to the trains

Brunel laid out the section of his Great Western Railway which passed through Bath’s Sydney Gardens like a stage with trains entering from the wings and being appreciated by those in the pleasure grounds who gathered to watch his smoke-belching, steam-driven marvels of machinery make their thundering entrances and exits. Such a wonder and such […]

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Saying ‘hi’ to lower energy bills!

  Trouble with living in Bath is that often the property looks great from the outside but, if it’s a period home, heating it can run away with your money.  That’s a special issue but saving on heating and lighting is something we’d all like to do which is why an autumn programme of events […]

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Foot notes!

Interesting to note that while the Daily Telegraph continues to sponsor its very worthy annual Bath Festival  of Children’s Literature – it’s efforts  to encourage reading amongst young people in Bath and North East Somerset has extended to what some would call vandalism. Scattered around the core of our inner World-Heritage city are street stencils […]

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Cellar secrets

A trip into a Bath chemist to buy a bar of coal-tar soap also – quite unexpectedly – plunged me deep into the city’s past! Well it was more a case of stepping down into history – on the corner of  Burton and New Bond Streets – as l went down the stairs and into […]

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Another step closer

  Volunteers working with the Cleveland Pools Trust have just exposed a good part of an original path leading from the lido at Bathwick to  the edge of the River Avon alongside.   These pictures are courtesy of Sally Helvey and show how the whole river-facing side of the Pools is once again being opened […]

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Nearly there!

Good to see work proceeding a pace on the north side of the nave of Bath Abbey where the trial excavation and void filling exercise comes nearer to completion. An insulating scree is currently being laid and then the new central heating pipes will be set out and covered. This then means the floor can […]

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