070430.Claverton Down, “…Goose”

April 30, 2007 at 2:26 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Claverton Down, Ducks, somerset, University of Bath | 8 Comments

or….”My! They grow up quickly, don’t they?”


“As Noah hunted around for animals, he judged them. He wanted to only bring the most worthy aboard his arc. He would stop by a group of rabbits and see who was a hard working rabbit and who was a lazy stupid dummy. Judging the rabbits made him feel a lot like God. He liked that. As he walked away with the ones he had chosen for salvation, he would look back at their brethren and shake his head disapprovingly and say, ‘Goodbye you dead dummies.’ And that was that.”

–Jonathan Goldstein

BDP to the moon!

070429. 6/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

April 29, 2007 at 12:14 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, people, Ruins, somerset, Tabernacles, Towers | 3 Comments

Yesterday, I believe I was displayed at the ICIA Arts Gala. (I’m posting early so I don’t really know.)
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Honjo Tatekawa
Above: View of Bath Abbey through the demolished Southgate Shopping Mall, Bath
Below: Hokusai’s “Honjo Tatekawa”

See the rest of this slowly developing series.

070428.Claverton Down, 114 Dumplings, Please

April 28, 2007 at 6:07 AM | Posted in Food | 6 Comments

Tonight…(I’m not going to go to pay 10 pounds to see my own stuff. Didn’t receive an email about it or anything…someone just told me they saw this on the website.)


070427.Claverton Down, Havoc

April 27, 2007 at 7:34 PM | Posted in Bath | 4 Comments


Above: Some priceless historic timber pieces we left piled near the bus stop.

Left, Fish Joint Resin Attached Replacement Tenon. It’s strong apparently….
Right, decayed piece of a 17th C. oak post (I do not have the ID sheet with me at the moment)

070426.Bath, Silver Tray

April 26, 2007 at 3:05 AM | Posted in Bath | 8 Comments

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Silver Tray by Adkia (?) Brothers of
Sheffield, 1899-1906

070425.Bath, Polite Notice and the Civilized Nutters Who Take Note

April 25, 2007 at 4:25 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Jane Austen, people, somerset | 10 Comments

The cast of Janes Austen’s Persuasion converted one of the abandoned storefronts into a costume and makeup room for their performers who then had to parade down stall street from this hideous building to film a scene at the Pump Room in the Abbey Yard.
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Oddly enough, the Austen actors followed the ‘Polite Notice’ alternative route directions that would soon be posted. The question comes up that by the word construction, they meant destruction, right? Do you have to construct to demolish? Probably. Further polite notice came explaining when the stores would be closed and when demolition would begin.
Odd, now that it’s gone I realize I don’t have many photos of it. Click here to view  the only one previously posted, the only other one I have..

070424.Lyncombe, Mall Is a Four Letter Word

April 24, 2007 at 4:45 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, Crescents, Gardens & Parks, somerset, Towers | 8 Comments

BDP to the moon!

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The Etching is from 1846 and the photo was taken a few months ago from Alexandria Park on Lyncombe Hill, in the center you see Bath Abbey, behind which the spire belongs to St Michael’s Without. Its spire points to John Eveleigh’s Camden Crescent (1787-1794, not yet posted) in Walcot. To the lower left of the Abbey are the Roman Baths (not yet posted). The large building to the right of the Abbey is the Empire Hotel (not yet posted), and to the right of the hotel is Pulteney Bridge, leading the Bathwick New Town and Great Pulteney Street (also not yet posted). The tall spire and church at the extreme right is St John the Evangelist RC Church (it is not in the etching.) The area (known as the Ham) around St John’s is also empty, it was owned by the Roman Catholic Church and unwisely sold part and parcel. It now features the modern-looking police station. The street that defines this empty area is Manvers Street. Mr. Manvers had dreams of developing the area around the Bath Spa Train Station (bottom right, not yet posted) as the posh section of town but ran out of funds during a financial crisis. It still is relatively undeveloped, which is what prompted the redevelopment during the late 1960s. At the bottom left of the etching and picture, you can see houses and an ugly church. This is St Mark’s, now a community centre but built as one of three Commisioner’s Churches in Bath (the other two are Holy Trinity (demolished in late 1950s) and St Saviour, Larkhall (not yet posted)).
In front of the Bath Spa Train Station runs parallel Dorchester Street, and there to the left of the station stand (now stood) some 20th dairy buildings. Behind them, with its large parking lot space is the 1960s-70s Bath Coach Station, and behind that is the Ham Gardens Parking Garage. (These are obviously only in the photo). To the left of these modern structures is the dominating late 1960s, early 1970s Southgate Shopping Center with its Merchant’s Passage. Between the Southgate Mall and the Roman Baths along Stall Street is the modern Marks & Spencers Store, which demolished the listed buildings St James’ Church (1768-1769) and the National School (1816-1818).

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