070705.Bath, King’s Circus

July 5, 2007 at 1:36 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Columns, Corinthian Order, Doric Order, Ionic Order, somerset, Walcot | 8 Comments

061029.042.Somset.Bath.Walcot.John Wood the Elder's Circus.1754-1758

Littered with Druidic and Masonic symbols, John Wood the Elder’s final masterpiece was the King’s Circus, built on Barton Fields outside the old city walls of Bath that enclosed the Bimbery. Here, uniform facades and rhythmic proportions in conjunction with classical principles of unerring symmetry were followed throughout the city.


The orders are stacked, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, paying homage to the Coliseum, which is in fact what the structure aims to be…and inverted Coliseum. Naming it a circus denotes his lack of a classical education, as circuses were elliptical. Similarly, his theories on Druidic culture were equally wrong. Nevertheless, this first circus was copied throughout the world, and has been referred to as the model for all urban roundabouts.

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  1. I think it’s ridiculous for me to be commenting, since I’m the one who’s posting… but James, that image at the top is a beautiful photo.

  2. une belle photo, j’aime la perspective de cette photo.

    a beautiful photograph, I like the prospect for this photograph.

  3. Love the top photo. I like how the builing curves.

  4. that top pic is great! i’m confused though…is joycie going for world domination??

  5. MUA HA HA HA HA! It’s only a matter of time…!

    Seriously, though, James is vacationing in Rome or something, so I’m piecing his [slightly incoherent] photos and writings into posts. And posting them.

    thank you for posting my incorence. iàm sorry for it all. they were all writtenn and uploaded a few hours before i took the bus.

  7. They’re MOSTLY coherent. Don’t worry. It’s better than I could’ve done under duress. 🙂

  8. its not eliptical because its not meant to be,nor has it much to do with the Coliseum, more to do with a stone circle

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