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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Well this was a new one for me. On one edge of the village green at Wick in South Gloucestershire. The remains of the first open-air skittle alley l have ever seen! I would not […]
Millions being spent clearing away the last visual reminder of Bath’s industrial past. A familiar landmark being erased from the city skyline.
Of course, it frees up more land – once cleansed of any chemical pollution – on which to build high density housing. I have no argument with brown-field development.
If only economics were more tilted in its favour and away from the grass-covered tracks of open countryside that are so much cheaper to desecrate in the name of industrial rejuvenation and vote-catching politics.
I am one of those silly aesthetics who saw the old gas tower – the last of a clutch of three down at Midland Road – as a means of creating just one special piece amongst all the ‘regeneration’ in this Bath Enterprise Area. Something to show that we really can ‘add’ to our city’s heritage.
A Bath ‘Albert Hall‘ – which used its shape and structure to create a concert venue for the city – was my wistful dream.
We do not – however – live in an age where anyone is going to be generous enough with their money to ‘waste’ it on such fanciful architecture. Functional and cheap is how we see modern construction. Homes and jobs and boosting our sluggish economy is our only vision for the future.
Little bits of Bath’s industrial do still remain. Empty factories – but generally unloved and begrudgingly set aside for inclusion in whatever commercial scheme is finally agreed for their incorporation as a nod to the past.
I cannot see there will be much for a tourist guide of the future to point out to visitors keen to see what architecture – beside even more ancient classical Georgian or ‘buried’ Roman – is still standing proud in space and time to be photographed and appreciated.
We have been as thorough as those 18th century developers we now so admire in wiping out all traces of a previous land use which had a culture and social history all its own. The odd Pitmans or Pitt Street may leave an echo of the past – but that is all.
Architectural relics are but blots on this new economic landscape. Blockages that must be removed or neutralised.
The boards were coming off the fire gutted premises of Nicholas Wylde the Jewellers in Northumberland Place today (Tuesday) and it looks as if the restoration of the shop – severely damaged by a night-time […]
Parents and guardians of pre-school children are invited to bring their little ones along to the Paulton Community Hub for a series of story time and craft sessions hosted by Bath & North East Somerset […]
Wherever you wander each summer – through the heart of our World Heritage city – you’ll find buskers entertaining the crowds. Ok if you are just passing by maybe but for a lot of inner-city […]
Following on from my gripe about bikes bearing advertising taking away precious spaces from genuine cyclists in Bath, l noticed this morning how many bikes were being chained to the railings outside the Guildhall. It’s […]