Back in 1923 Bath not only had a daily newspaper called The Bath Herald – ‘ acknowledged to be the most popular paper in the district’ – but also rolling off its presses in North […]
Well l knew Keynsham had an illustrious Roman and Mediaeval past but had no idea it was a centre for automobiles. Just yesterday l asked any Virtual Museum visitors whether they could tell me more […]
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.
What is regarded by many as Bath‘s finest interior looks like getting a bit of a major overhaul. Bath and North East Somerset Council is putting in a planning application to itself to replace the […]
It’s Jane Austen Festival time and amongst events today – the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade with several hundred fans walking through Bath from the Royal Crescent lawn to the Parade Gardens Lots of people around […]
Back in July work began on Bath Abbey‘s North aisle floor trial. This work is necessary to stabilize the subsiding floor, and to test the new geo-thermal heating system which, it is hoped, will use energy […]
Those who helped build the main body of the Abbey Church in Bath – constructed around the start of the 16th century – can only speak to us through their work – but those involved […]
Bath Artists Studios are opening up their workspaces this Saturday and Sunday so the public can come in and look around the largest collective provision of studio space in the city! There will be exhibitions, […]
A fascinating and unique glimpse into Bath’s tourist attractions around the time of Jane Austen is revealed in a letter recently acquired by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Record Office. The letter was written […]