Taking a boat to work.

Just spent a very pleasant morning with a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers on the city end of the Kennet and Avon Canal. It’s an 87 mile long, late 18th century marvel – surveyed by engineer John Rennie – and built to move freight from one side of England to the other. The coming of the […]

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Trying something different.

Traders on the High Street are having a tough time – as we know. Elsewhere on Bath Newseum is a Bath BID story about some of its members are getting involved in a new ‘special offer’ scheme to tempt locals into their cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops. I thought l would go in search of […]

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We want to see Wood in the trees!

John Wood the Elder didn’t live to see his unique ‘Circus’ completed. He died in 1754 shortly after witnessing the laying of the foundation stone of the first of three blocks of a total of 33 terraced houses. Together with his son – John Wood the Younger – he left behind some of the city’s […]

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Taking steps to secure a Walcot architectural wonder.

There’s one little piece of Bath’s Georgian heritage that literally leaves me breathless. It’s the passageway known as Walcot Steps – a pedestrian stone staircase that links the city’s artisan quarter with the 18th century extravagance that is The Paragon – sitting loftily above. ‘Picturesque’ and ‘charming’ are two adjectives used to describe this well-used […]

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Takes more than tourism.

We musn’t rely on tourism to make a living – at least according to the latest thinking within Bath and North Somerset District Council. Permitted development rights to convert offices to residential use in parts of central Bath could be withdrawn to protect the economic health and prosperity of the city and the wellbeing of […]

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Let’s celebrate Bath!

Bath will celebrate the annual UNESCO World Heritage Day with a free event at Green Park Station on Thursday 18 April 2019, from 11am to 3pm. Visitors of all ages will be able to take part in activities exploring the city’s exceptional architectural and engineering achievements: past, present and future. There will be themed talks, […]

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Saxon Bath exposed at last.

Phase one of the multi-million pound Footprint Project at Bath Abbey is coming to an end with the hope the east end of the city’s parish church may be restored in time for Easter worship. While the floor has been up for stabilisation work – and cellars nearby also being excavated –  a team from […]

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With a little help from our friends.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed already, Bath is a big player in the heritage business. With Roman remains and fine Georgian architecture it’s no surprise to realise just how much of the city’s economy is based on tourism. Under the umbrella of its coveted World Heritage status there are some multi-million pound projects underway […]

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Tax the tourists?

Bath shares with Venice the honour of being one of only two European cities to have a blanket World Heritage status  bestowed upon its historic centre but, it seems, the Italian recipient is taking the lead in trying to protect what is precious. My partner spotted this article in the ‘I ‘newspaper yesterday. While we […]

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Visitor figures up at Bath Abbey.

Despite being in the middle of a major construction project, Bath Abbey has been one of the busiest churches in the country attracting nearly half a million people through its doors each year with numbers reaching a peak in December.   With over 40 carol services and concerts between Advent Sunday and Christmas Day and many […]

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