Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Georgian Bath

A couple of weeks ago Number One Son and his girlfriend came to visit for a few days and we took them to visit Bath, focussing this time on the Georgian, Jane Austen end of the city. I took a few photographs, but it was such a dull, damp day they all came out rather dark. But since I've nothing else to write about at the moment (aah, how sad) I thought I'd show a few of them to you anyway.

This is The Crescent, built between 1767 and 1774 and still one of the most exclusive addresses in the City.

There are many streets of Georgian houses like this.

The Circus, a completely round street, with four exit roads, built between 1754 and 1768.

After a wet and dull walk around Bath we went to the costume museum, and here are just a few of the costumes they have - the reflection of the glass shows on them I'm afraid.

This is the earliest dress they have, from the early 1600s.

Can you imagine trying to manoeuvre around in this!

A private sedan chair.

A public sedan chair.

An original Bath chair, originally design for invalids to use around the narrow streets of Bath as they went to 'take the waters'. They were still used, being pushed by an attendant, right up into the twentieth century.


Angela said...

I was hoping to get to Bath during my week off this week, I've never been to the Costume Museum and that is where I would have been heading but I don't think I will have time afterall. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Kay said...

I read about a bath chair in some regency type books I used to read a long time ago. It's fun to see what it actually looked like. We loved Bath when we visited the city with the kids so very long ago. I'm sorry you had a wet sort of day. I wonder what the water tasted like and if it really helped.

Amelia said...

Interesting tid bits of history. Loved the old building designs.

Lynn said...

I love the dresses, but no I can't imagine wearing them and functioning in any sort of way. When I saw the pictures of the Crescent it reminded my of the scene from the movie Oliver and I went googled it and this is what it said:
Despite what you may read elsewhere, the crescent used for Who Will Buy? can't be found in London, nor is it the Royal Crescent, Bath. It was built from scratch, from designs by by Production Designer John Box, on the Shepperton backlot.
I was close though.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looks DH is working in Bath at the moment..I'll have to sneak a trip down with him sometime :o)

jabblog said...

It's years since I visited Bath - your post has made me want to go again:-)

Simone de Klerk said...

You know, Amanda, one of my wishes is to one day wear a dress like the last picture and walk down big royal stairs. I would so much like to experience that. Or maybe a 'Sissi' dress. That should be nice too (o: