A Hollywood ‘bite’ on the bullets of myth and legend.

Real life and Hollywood legend get mixed together  in a major new exhibition coming to Bath’s American Museum in March! … More

Concern grows for future of the “Min”.

One of Bath’s best-loved Georgian buildings could be about to shut up shop. With a personal view of developments, Professor … More


  An update now on concerns over the road-works being carried out on the High Street between the north side … More

One of two gothic-styled lanterns from Bath Abbey designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott

One of two gothic-styled lanterns from Bath Abbey designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott

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.

One rule for All

One rule for All

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.

An artistic diversion to Bristol to canvas support for a forgotten treasure!

This is a blog about William Hogarth – an artist with no Bath connection other than his depicting the dire … More

A clash of colour in the Crescent!

Forty years ago this year the redoubtable and formidable Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley took on the might of Bath Corporation and … More

Beau Street Hoard: A new Roman treasure for Bath?

I am currently following the British Museum blog which is carrying frequent reports on its lengthy operation to separate and … More

Virtual Museum of Bath

Local  historian Andrew Swift has been writing about Bath’s bankside relationship with the River Avon. He think there is under-developed … More