070108.Bathwick, Pulteney Bridge

January 8, 2007 at 12:22 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Doric Order, Light and Shadow, Pevsner, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, Restoration, river, River Avon, somerset, Vaults | 14 Comments

Designed by Robert Adam and built by William Johnstone Pulteney from 1769 to 1774, Pulteney Bridge is easily one of the city’s most recognizable features. It has shops on both sides (though the south face, shown, is the glamorous one). The bridge connects the city centre to Bathwick, then owned entirely by the Pulteney family. Adam also designed Bathwick but his designs were never carried out and Thomas Baldwin constructed Great Pulteney Street and the rest of Bathwick, as it stands now, until he was fired. Here’s a description of the bridge from the Pevsner Architectural Guide: “A central pavilion has an open pediment and a great Venetian window, and the wings have pavilion features over each pier. Square pavilions sit on the abutments, with domes and pediments and, originally, porticoes facing outward. The street elevations are broadly similar but flanking wings each have three arched openings to form shopfronts with doorways between. All this sounds monumental. In fact, it is a surprisingly small bridge, friendly in its dimensions. In 1792 Thomas Baldwin added a storey, removed the porticoes and altered the shopfronts. After the NW mid-stream pier collapsed in 1800, John Pinch the Elder, now surveyor to the Bathwick Estate, appears to have reconstructed the N side in 1802-4 to a plainer design and a deeper plan….” (1) It has been altered and reconstructed many times since then.
1: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 82.

It’s still raining so I’m reaching back a few days, again.


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  1. Beautiful shot James! Love the reflection…looks like a watercolor! Hope you have sunnier skies ahead…Happy Monday! =)

  2. Awe, James…this is wonderful! I feel like I could reach in and touch the water.

  3. You and your bridges.

    Gotta say, I do love the reflection.

  4. I thought I’d visit chez toi just so you know there are no hard feelings. :o}

    I love the cemetary photograph. Not so much the comment under it – do you need to start apologising again? Bwah ha ha hah, as Wendy would say!

    (not really)

    (no, really!)

  5. oh look, here’s lettuce! i was gonna say come back all is forgiven butcha already know..

  6. Beautiful architecture and beautiful reflection. What does this look like at night? Are there lights beneath the arches?

  7. avec le reflet, on a l’impression que le pont ne se finit jamais. bravo superbe photo.

    with the reflection, one has the impression that the bridge never finishes. photo superb cheer.

  8. Beautiful image, love the reflection in the water.

  9. Lovely, beautiful bridge… But… “1789 to 1774” must have been a bit tricky 😉

  10. good catch, thanks!

  11. Gorgeous photo and bridge.

  12. took them mere 5 years to build this marvellous structure ..the achievment is impressive! and your shot, too..perfect reflection!

  13. Love the reflections in this one, and the texture of that water. Very nice!

  14. I absolutely adore this site. I found it only a few weeks ago, but I will keep referring to it over and over and over again. Fabulous.

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