070221.Dolmeads, Former Ralph Allen Wharf

February 21, 2007 at 1:55 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Canals, Chisel Marks, Combe Down, Light and Shadow, river, River Avon, somerset, Waterfront, Widcombe | 5 Comments

Copy of 061216.066.Somset.Bath.WidcombeThis is the former wharf at the base of Combe Down hill between Widcombe and the Dolmeads where Ralph Allen sent his stone to. The locks connect the Kennet and Avon Canal with the River Avon. The river could transport his stone to Bristol and the canal could carry the stone via connections to the Thames. The site is now the Bath Hotel, I believe.
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  1. “The site is not the Bath Hotel, I believe.” Nor is it, oddly enough, the Erie Canal, nor the Seine, nor even Lake Chad…

    These are all very spiffy pictures. I applaud them.

  2. i am clapping too

  3. superbe photos, les reflets sont magnifiques. l’ecluse s’est un de mes themes la semaine prochaine.

    superb photographs, the reflections are splendid. the lock is one of my topics the next week.

  4. Gorgeous! I have been to Bath, but it was many years ago…I had no idea it closes down so early!

  5. I am trying to locate a site at the Dolmeads known c1830’s as Clarendon Buildings. There was a soap factory there owned by Charles Shearn who closed it down due to a Strike!! He then emigrated to Texas, became a Texas Pioneer, a prosperous banker and founder of the Shearn church. any ideas where it could have been? Bath Records dont appear to have any useful maps covering that little period.

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