|Queen Square, Bath|
|Doorway, Queen Square, Bath|
When John Wood died in 1754 building had hardly started and the Circus, a circle of elegant town houses surrounding a green space, was completed by his son John Wood (the younger). Circular roads, as I discovered at Connaught Place in New Delhi, are difficult to photograph satisfactorily.
|The Circus, Bath|
|Street map showing the 'key' shape of Queen Square, Gay Street and The Circus|
|Lynne and the Royal Crescent, Bath|
We wandered the length of the crescent and photographed it from every angle but never quite managed to do it justice. The pictures above and below are the best we could do.
|Royal Crescent, Bath|
The museum of Georgian life at No 1 closed in April. It will reopen on the 21st of June as a newer, bigger, grander museum, and will probably be well worth visiting.
|The Assembly Rooms, Bath|
|The Ballroom, The Assembly Rooms, Bath|
As NT members, a look around cost us nothing. We could have paid for the fashion museum downstairs, but as fashion and I are hardly on nodding terms – in this or any other era – we did not bother.
|Assembly Room ceiling, Bath|
From the Assembly Rooms we walked down Lansdown Road to Broad Street and paused for a morning cappuccino - with our bus passes and National Trust Membership, it was the first time we had to put our hands in our pockets. The sun shone and we sat in the courtyard outside the café enjoying the unaccustomed warmth.
|Lansdown Road, Bath|
Passing the Victoria Art Gallery we reached Pulteney Bridge. It has shops across the full span on both sides (one of only four such bridges in the world according to Wikipedia) and we were half way across before we realised we were on it. At the far side is the Bath Rugby Club shop and as it has been worrying me for some time that my grandson has reached the age of two without ever seeing a rugby ball, I popped in and bought a suitably sized ball. [I am happy to report that it has subsequently proved popular].
|Pulteney Bridge, Bath|
|Pulteney Bridge, Bath|
John of Tours became Bishop of Wells and Abbot of Bath about 1090. More interested in wealthy Bath than poverty stricken Wells, he set about rebuilding the abbey as a new cathedral. It was finished in 1156, long after John of Tours was dead
Subsequent bishops concentrated on Wells and by 1499 Bath was in poor repair, if not a ruin. Bishop Oliver King set about the work of restoration, which was completed just in time for the dissolution of the monasteries. The church was stripped of lead, iron and glass and left to decay. However, a city the size of Bath needed a cathedral and it was restored between 1580 and 1620. Further restoration was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1860.
|Inside Bath Abbey|
|Oliver King's vaulting as restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott|
|Sally Lunn's, Bath|
|Remains of the temple portico, Roman Baths|
|The Roman Bath, Bath|
|Roman gravestone later incorporated into the city's medieval fortifications|
|Gilt bronze head of Minerva, Roman Baths|
|Overflow water streams through Roman brickwork|