Seems the voids that have been discovered under Bath Abbey – during a trial excavation along 50 square metres of … More
People have the opportunity to respond to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s proposal to introduce a 20 mph signs … More
A touring exhibition of Henry Moore’s inspirational work from the Arts … More
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I can see it is going to be a bit of an uphill struggle getting those who are busy changing … More
An update now on concerns over the road-works being carried out on the High Street between the north side … More
It’s my favourite punchline as l go around on my ‘training day’ with a party of curious tourists in my … More
George Gilbert Scott’s design for the Albert Memorial was the epitome of High Victorian Gothic Revival. It earned him a knighthood. This champion of all-things-mediaeval worked on over 300 churches and cathedrals – including Westminster and Bath Abbeys.He was directing operations in Bath between 1860 and 1873. I discovered this – one of two such gothic-styled metal and glass lanterns – amidst the dust within the Abbey Cemetery Chapel at Widcombe last Sunday. The last of three Open Heritage days. The lantern bears a label attributing its design to George Gilbert Scott. They would be prize exhibits in any Museum of Bath. They will be displayed on my Virtual Museum of Bath very soon.
I witnessed this deep trench being dug today (Wednesday, September 5th) in Bath’s High Street between the Guildhall and Abbey. It is part of the work being done by BANES to improve and extend the pedestrianised part of this busy road.
It is also an archaeologically sensitive area with the foundations of the original Guildhall, which was supported on pillars at this point, somewhere under the road.
Why, when commercial developers are required to do archaeological digs on sensitive sites before sinking their foundations, do not the same rules apply to the local authority. At the very least someone should be watching and sifting through the pile of rubble extracted from the trenches. Was it tram rails l saw when l looked down?
The footprint of the old Guildhall should be marked on the road surface anyway. It is a piece of history that could be visually marked to add interest to what is now a dull and traffic congested street.
Good to see this piece of graffiti – spotted on the side of the Temple of Minerva in Sydney Gardens … More
Walking towards my Larkhall home along Walcot Street in Bath l happened to look up towards an oval-shaped blue … More
This is a blog about William Hogarth – an artist with no Bath connection other than his depicting the dire … More
Forty years ago this year the redoubtable and formidable Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley took on the might of Bath Corporation and … More
I am currently following the British Museum blog which is carrying frequent reports on its lengthy operation to separate and … More
Local historian Andrew Swift has been writing about Bath’s bankside relationship with the River Avon. He think there is under-developed … More