At a ​time​ of cuts – new bus route for Julian Road?

At a ​time​ of cuts – new bus route for Julian Road?

As bus users in Bath brace themselves for more cuts in services – are we about to see a new bus route passing through Julian Road?

Jenny Noad writes to tell me:

I walk to work along Julian Road and opposite the vets/newsagents there is a very handy bay where you can park for free for 30 mins to visit the laundrette/co-op/vet/Happy Days garden shop. I couldn’t believe it this morning when I saw BANES cones stopping cars from parking there due to a NEW BUS SHELTER being installed!

The limited parking lay-by​ in Julian Road. Photowas taken​n by Jenny Noad.

Firstly, I have never, even seen a bus go along Julian Road, secondly a new bus shelter means a new bus route? With temperatures rising about impending bus cuts, (the 6A is being cut up the hill to my house in Fairfield Park) so a new bus route would enrage me!

The no parking notice. The photo​ was taken by Jenny Noad.

Also, does that mean you have to park and pay now for just popping into the shops above ! I took photos if you want to see them! Thought you may know about this and could offer clarification! Sorry, I feel like Mrs Angry on a Happy Friday day 🙂
However, it seems we do have buses using that road.
A spokesperson for B&NES has told me:

“There are bus services running along Julian Road, and have been for many years. There are bus stops at regular intervals along the road.

Eastbound – Service 20C runs hourly to Bath city centre and University of Bath, service 701 runs hourly to Bath city centre and Oldfield Park, and service 700 runs four times a day to Bath city centre

Westbound – Service 20A runs hourly to RUH and Twerton, service 701 runs hourly to Sion Hill, and service 700 runs four times a day to Bath city centre

Full information on these and other buses is available on . Real time information for these and most other buses in Bath is available on a smartphone app – full details at .”

Also, please scroll down through the comments below and you will learn more. Thanks to Virginia Knight and Arnold Root for their contributions.
A Bathonian’s French connection.

A Bathonian’s French connection.

Getting away from cheap political jibes about who beat who in previous bloody European wars, l am grateful to a follower of Bath Newseum for a story of unlikely links between himself and a former French leader called Napoleon.

This wasn’t the one who was finally defeated by the Duke of Wellington’s international army at Waterloo but his nephew, Napoleon the Third – the first President of the French Republic and later – after a coup detat –  self-proclaimed Emperor of France.



Napoleon the Third.


Now, many Bathonians – both privately and publicly – get the chance to look around the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.

That was something local resident Fred Edwards was doing and he took a particular interest in a medal on display.

It was presented by the former French Emperor to the Corporation of Bath as a thank you for loaning the city regalia to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1867.


The medallion presented to Bath by Napoleon the Third.  Photo Fred Edwards.

Napoleon had started his reign determined to rebuild Paris. He launched a series of enormous public works which included everything from new sewers, parks and grand avenues, to railway stations, completing the Les Halles market and building the Paris Opera – the largest theatre in the world.

His international world fair gave him a chance to show off his city – just three years before war with Prussia brought about his downfall.

Eventually, Napoleon and his wife and son went into exile in England – during which time he visited Bath. There is a bronze plaque outside number 55 Great Pulteney Street to show where father and son are believed to have stayed.


The bronze plaque in Great Pulteney Street. Photo Fred Edwards.

His son Prince Louis – an officer in the British Army – was killed in 1879 fighting in the South African Zulu Wars.

This is where our man Fred can claim a connection – after learning that the Emperor’s son had died in that conflict – during a conversation while making his Guildhall visit.


Fred Edwards – pictured outside the address in Great Pulteney Street where the Emperor and his son had stayed. Photo Fred Edwards.

He todd Bath Newseum that his great great grandfather had fought in the Zulu war as well and his visit to the Mayor’s Parlour had prompted him to revisit correspondence his great great grandfather – Private Ellis Edwards – had written to his parents the year the prince died.

“I’ve found a copy of the letter which he wrote to his parents on 1879 which shows what a small world we live in!

From Private Ellis Edwards of Cefn Mawr, near Wrexham to his family.
8 July 1879
I wish to express my opinion of the great battle, which we had on the 4th day of July whilst taking the capital of Zululand. The scene was horrible. The fight lasted for one hour and ten minutes and was extremely hard. The strength of the enemy was 25,000 whilst our strength was only 4,500.

After hard fighting we repulsed the enemy with the loss of 3000 killed and 500 wounded; our loss was 10 killed and 40 wounded. I can assure you that the Zulus are a lot of fearless men. They poured upon us like a number of lions. The burning of Ulundi—their main support—was the greatest fire I ever saw. It continued burning for four days.

I am very much pleased to tell you that I really think the war is close at an end now. We captured 800. Head of cattle. I am very sorry to tell you that it is rumoured in this camp that we are going to India after this affair is settled. At the same time I hope it is wrong, as we have had plenty of foreign climates.

I can assure you that the hardships which I have gone through are beyond measure. I have got to wash all my clothes and bake the bread, which we eat. We have to march fourteen miles a day and, after arriving in a strange camp, we have to dig trenches before we get any food.

If this regiment does not go to India I shall be at home by Christmas…. I am very sorry to tell you of the sad misfortune, which befell the young Prince Napoleon whilst scouting out in the wilds of Zululand. After the Zulus had killed him they stabbed him in fourteen different places. I was one of the men who removed his body in the van in order to send it home to England….
It is very hard to get any paper or stamps in this part of the world. I have been forced to steal out of the way every time I want to write because we haven’t got one moment as we can call our own … Wood is very scarce here at present. We cook our food with dried cow dung….

Prince Napoleon was to be buried with his father in the Imperial Crypt at St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Fascinating story Fred – and thanks for sharing it with Bath Newseum fans.

New Student Award announced.

New Student Award announced.

Students who have made an outstanding contribution to the city of Bath are in line for a new award announced by the Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Nominations are being asked for a student or group of students from either of the city’s universities and from Bath College.


Pictured l-r Kalyn Mallard of the Student Community Partnership and Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath.

Announcing the award, the Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath, said “As a university city, Bath very much gains from the active involvement of students from our two universities and from Bath College. I am pleased to be making this award, which will highlight the great contribution that students make to our city.”

Kalyn Mallard, of the Student Community Partnership, added:  “We are very pleased that students who contribute to our city are being recognised in this way.  It’s easy to make a nomination, so please start sending them in now.  The closing date for nominations is 16 February.”

The award will be presented to a student or a group of students who have made an outstanding contribution to the City of Bath. This can include any aspect of living in the city that benefits other people – for example building good neighbourly relationships, doing acts of kindness, working as a volunteer, having an active involvement in local communities, and helping people in need.

The presentation will be made at the Living Together conference, which will be held at The Forum in Bath on 7 March from 1- 4.30pm.

The conference brings together students and staff from the two universities and from Bath College with residents and with the council, as well as the police, and from local churches. The event is free and bookings can be made by going to  and searching for Living Together.

Nominations for the award should include the following, either for an individual or for each student in a group:

  • Name and address of student(s)
  • Name of University or College
  • Name of course
  • Length of course
  • In which year
  • Email address
  • Mobile number

They should also include a description of the contribution that the student or group makes to the City of Bath, including:

  • What they do
  • How often, for how long
  • Who benefits, and in what way

If you would like to nominate a student or a group of students, please send an email to and ask for a nomination form or click here

Each nomination must be signed by two people, both of whom have direct experience of what the student(s) are doing and the nomination must in by 16 February.


Let’ s hear it for bollards.

Let’ s hear it for bollards.

Professor Barry Gilbertson —  Chairman of the UNESCO Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board – draws Bath Newseum’s attention to some new city street furniture.



Prof Barry Gilbertson


In an email he writes: ” Have you noticed the new bollards being installed at the top of Stall Street and along the south of Old Bond Street.

All good safety measures, presumably to replace (over time) the nasty concrete blocks (with or without Xmas wrapping!).


New bollards at the top of Stall Street.

Good news I feel should be publicised – example of Council action to protect pedestrians.

Bridge work

Bridge work

The Bath Newseum story about the weed-infested stone balustrade beside Pulteney Bridge prompted an email from a follower in the United States called Victoria Gall.
She writes: I’m from Boston, MA and fell in love with Bath in 1974 and it changed my career and my interests. I worked at ‘The Min’ in 1978 and became a close friend with an architect (and his family) who worked on the restoration of the Pulteney Bridge in the 1970’s.
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Original piece of Pulteney Bridge stone.

On return to the US, he gave me a piece of the original bridge, the ‘RID’ which had to be re-carved in the restoration process. I cherish the stone, the architectural drawing of the ‘before restoration’ and ‘ after restoration.’

Architectural drawings of the bridge – before and after restoration.

I’ve returned to Bath more than 20 times, ( annually since 2012) where I spend days wandering the city which my family and friends know is my favourite place in the world.


A photograph of the ‘restored’ replacement stones – taken in 2015.

Thanks for your Blog which I read with keen interest.

Victoria has been kind enough to send a photo of the piece of stone she has and the place on the bridge from where it came.
She also sent me a follow up after a conversation she had with Alison Stubbs – the wife of her architect friend Paul who worked on the restoration and died in the mid-1980’s.
Alison told her:

“I can’t remember much about the  Pulteney Bridge job but I think Paul was working for John Vivian at the time. This was before he became part of Stubbs, Mutter and Coulthard.
The bridge work was financed by the Georgian Group and that explains the GG on the weather vane.
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The G G weathervane on Pulteney Bridge.

I was working at the time but I do remember being invited to a civic reception to honour the completion. Lunch in the Guildhall with Dame Jennifer Jenkins who was the chair of the Georgian Group.” (Dame Jennifer died last year – aged 96)
Still time to help plan the future!

Still time to help plan the future!


A message of thanks has gone out to people who went along to a series of planning events outlining the shape of Bath and North East Somerset over the next twenty years.

Bath and North East Somerset Council held five public events giving people the chance to review and comment on the Local Plan 2016-2036.

Residents still have until January 10 to get involved and have their say on the emerging plan which at this stage covers the key priorities for Bath and North East Somerset’s strategic development sites at Whitchurch and North Keynsham, strategy for smaller development sites and how university growth and student accommodation should be managed.


Pictured is Bath resident and adviser for the Bath Preservation Trust Ann Godfrey at the Guildhall event with Councillor Bob Goodman, Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods.

Public events were held at The Board Room, Bath College Somer Valley campus, the United Reform Church Hall, in Whitchurch, the Civic Centre, Keynsham and the Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath at the end of November and beginning of December.

Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods said: “A lot of people came along to the events and we want to thank them for taking part. There is still time for anyone who wants to comment to get involved because people’s views will help inform the next stages of the plan.”

Bath resident and adviser for the Bath Preservation Trust Ann Godfrey added: “I would encourage everyone to take a look at these plans and see what is being proposed because it’s difficult to do anything about it after it’s agreed.”


Bath & North East Somerset Council’s new Local Plan works alongside the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which addresses the sub-region’s severe shortage of housing, the need to generate jobs and the provision of critical infrastructure.

The JSP has been published as a draft plan and is now subject to formal consultation. The Local Plan is at an earlier options stage, which seeks to encourage discussion and comment on key issues and alternative approaches.

Find out more about the Local Plan and have your say at  and for the West of England Joint Spatial Plan go to to see the plan and comment on it. The documents can also be viewed at the following locations during opening hours:

Council offices:

The One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 2DP

Civic Centre One Stop Shop, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA

At all public libraries in the District, including the mobile libraries



Awash with memories?

Awash with memories?

An appeal has gone out for people’s memories and images of the former spa and Bath City Laundry as part of a fascinating Bath Spa University project.


A model showing the proposed conversion of the old laundry in to a Learner Centre and World Heritage Centre.

Students are asking for memories and images of the laundry in York Street and Swallow Street during the 1950s to 1970s.

The memories collected will be made available to the public as a digital resource for residents and visitors to explore. This will include photos, documents, written memories and recorded interviews.

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An image showing the laundry being cleaned in 1972.

Bath City Laundry was built in c.1889 by city architect Major Charles Davis, as part of the Victorian programme of improvements to the area around the Roman Baths.

The laundry was located here in order to take advantage of the naturally hot water, which flowed from the King’s Spring to the laundry’s boiler house via cast iron pipes in a tunnel below York Street, and then back from the boiler house to the Victorian spa facilities via a pipe in the decorative arch over the street.

As well as washing towels for the spa, the laundry was used to wash all kinds of things for the council, from roller towels in washrooms to overalls for Parks Department staff and napkins for the Pump Room. In the 1950s it was washing nearly half a million items a year, but the demise of the spa and the changing nature of many council activities resulted in its eventual closure in 1976.

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A long section through the Archway Project scheme.

Now, the laundry is about to take on a new lease of life. The Archway Project ( will create a new World Heritage Centre and Learning Centre for the Roman Baths in the building, opening in 2019.

Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who can give us details about the former life of these buildings, which are an important part of Bath’s history as a spa destination.”

Sarah Morton, Lecturer in Heritage at Bath Spa University, said: “The Bath City Laundry project will give our third year undergraduate Heritage students the opportunity to plan and carry out an oral history project, produce a digital resource as part of the development of the new World Heritage and Learning Centre and also connect them with local residents who have memories of the site.

“We are excited to be working with the Roman Baths and the Archway Project and to be able to give our students the opportunity to plan and produce a public resource, as this gives them invaluable experience of working in the heritage sector, project management and developing resources for a client. We also have a number of other student projects and placements with the Roman Baths that will be happening over the next two years and are thrilled to be part of the Archway Project, so that our students will be directly contributing to the interpretation at the new World Heritage and Learning Centre.”

To share your memories of Bath City Laundry please email / call 01225 477773 / write to The Roman Baths Museum Office, The Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ / tweet @RomanBathsBath