070110.Bathwick, Pulteney Bridge Pigeons and Plans

January 10, 2007 at 12:42 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Chisel Marks, Pigeon, Pulteney Bridge, river, River Avon, somerset | 9 Comments

Draw this and you’ll see it’s pretty much the definition of one-point perspective.


I’m about Pulteneyed out, so this is the last one for now. Tomorrow I’ll start a 13 part non-bridge series…of unfortunate events, which I won’t have to do very much in. I’ve dug myself in a hole here, …or perhaps I can think of a metaphor that involves bridges, water, and not being able to breathe… nope, can’t think of anything. But basically, I’m going to be very busy until the end of January. Here’s another shot of Pulteney Bridge from the angle that the photographer was taking it at on 2 Jan.
The building in back is the early 20th century Roman Baths building that connects to the Pump Room and the baths on facing both Abbey Yard and Kingston Yard (the Abbey’s former cloisters area).

Here’s some plans for the bridge that I photographed out of Ison’s Georgian Buildings of Bath (See credits below:)
Ison 032

Here are some views of the bridge before Thomas Baldwin added a second story:
Ison 027

And here’s what Robert Adam’s may have based the design on:
Ison 025
Plans and etchings from: Ison, Walter. The Georgian Buildings of Bath from 1700 to 1830. Bath: Kingsmead Press, 1980. (Page numbers included in image.)


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  1. James…you OFFICIALLY qualify for Bridge Fetish Anonymous! LOL! šŸ˜‰ Hey, were you the “James” tooling around my love statue today? Clicked on the link…but it was a dead end! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm….oh and by the way, par-tay’s happnin’ waaaaaaaaaaaaaay sooner than I expected…we’ll be there February 18th thru the 24th…roughly….START YOUR ENGINES & mark your CALENDARS! LOL! šŸ˜‰

  2. Looking at your old bridge pictures, the water levels have dropped over the years, haven’t they? Is this a gradual over-time development, or is this just what happens in the winter?

  3. Good observation, but I believe it is seasonal. The area floods quite substancially and the Parade Gardens that I’ve posted several times often are partially submerged. Now, the water levels have been going up but I have no idea who’s to blame.

  4. Your post is an architect’s dream! All those beautiful renderings. Mmmm. (No, I’m not an architect.) Good luck with whatever you’re working on!

    Oh, BTW, thanks for the article on the ice fishing in Escanaba! When we were at our lake over New Year’s it wasn’t frozen for the first time I can remember. I wonder if this year is an anomoly. It does seem that the trend is warming though.

  5. la photo est superbe. et merci pour les plans, c’est un tres bon cour d’architecture.

    the photograph is superb. and thank you for the plans, it is a very good lesson of architecture.

  6. Well James, get that shovel out and start filling in the hole…we want you back.

  7. Looking at the plan, I hadn’t realized the bridge was so wide – I was kind of expecting simple stall-like shops on the sides of a covered area more or less. It’s a lot more sophisticated.

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