The Royal Crescent, Bath

We did quite a lot of walking when we were in Bath, the Royal Crescent was one place we had to visit. It was quite  a hot day and there were lots of people relaxing on the patch of green which is opposite the Georgian houses. The crescent was designed by John Wood, the younger between 1767 and 1774. The photo below is a stitch of two photos I took on my phone.

Royal Crescent, Bath, a stitch

The stone that most of the buildings in Bath were built with is cream coloured, and apparently isn’t really ideal for house building, but over they years it has kept a lot of stonemasons busy, replacing blocks which were ravaged by the weather and would have become porous. I think it’s a type of sandstone.

Below is a photo of the right hand end of the crescent which Jack took on his camera. I’m sure if it had been on my phone I could have removed all of the people from it. Anyway, as you can see it’s quite a busy area. After  complaints from the residents about noise from traffic and particularly tourist buses with commentary, traffic has been restricted. I bet the residents of Edinburgh would love it if the same thing happened there. Traffic on cobbles makes life very noisy for them.

end of Royal Crescent, Bath, Georgian houses

I had been under the impression that Bath had avoided being bombed during WW2, but apparently it was bombed during what were called The Baedeker Raids – after the famous tourist guide books. Previously I had read that Hitler had wanted to keep Bath intact as he had plans to make it his British headquarters! Anyway, this crescent has featured in quite  a few films and Bridgerton, but Jack was not too impressed. He didn’t like the grassy patch of land opposite which was full of people. I can see that that might not be a great view for the people living in the houses. On the other hand most of the Georgian houses in Edinburgh have a road between them and the private gardens opposite which only the house owners  are able to get into, they’re well locked up, iron fenced and hedged around so you can’t even see in!

Anyway, if you visit Bath the crescent is definitely worth a look, it isn’t a long walk from the centre of the city.

The houses in the photo below are just to the left hand side of the crescent. As you can see, one of them has had a strange sort of balcony added on to it, instead of the more usual small cast iron balconies.  It looks a bit incongruous.

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2 thoughts on “The Royal Crescent, Bath

  1. I think one of the best things about Bath is that it is exactly what one expects after reading about it for years and seeing it on television and in movies, yet even more beautiful, regardless of the excess of tourists (I always want to be the only one). I loved everything about it. On my first visit, I was fortunate to be with a friend who allowed me to plan everything and only asked for enough time for a run in the morning before we set out (this was before running was so universal). She had studied literature but knew no history but was a willing listener. My one regret was that Susan Hampshire was appearing in some show that evening but I was afraid we might miss the last train back to London if we stayed.

    • Constance,
      I was really disappointed because the Assembly Rooms are closed – until 2026 apparently. I would hav eloved to have seen them. I hate being a tourist too, we’re obviously different from all the others! Since reading a book called Beastly Bath I can see why Jane Austen fainted when she was told that her parents were moving there. It sounds like you had a great time in Bath, but what a shame that you weren’t able to see Susan Hampshire on stage.

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