070612.Bathwick, Turning a Blind Eye to the Taxman

June 12, 2007 at 11:22 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, doorways, Overcast, somerset, Window | 11 Comments

Symmetry is important, yes, but taxes are costly. [More info soon to come.]

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What’s interesting between these two blind windows on the same building is that both were originally designed to be filled with ashlar and to represent sash windows. However, the photo on the top, has glazing bars, while the one below only has them painted on! The top photo’s bay faces the corner facing the park.

The hexagonal Sydney Gardens in Bathwick is faced on its west side by two streets called Sydney Place. Between the two leads to Great Pulteney St. The northern Sydney Place was designed by Thomas Baldwin in 1792 and the southern street was designed by John Pinch the Elder in 1808. Both were Surveyors to the Pulteney Estate, respectively. At any rate, these are details of the two townhouses at each end of the row. The first six photos are from 93 SP on the corner of Sydney Place and Tourville Street with all of these blind windows, the porch above the ground floor is Victorian. During the Georgian period, these townhouses would have been rented out for the season and in fact Queen Charlotte stayed at 93 Sydeny Place.

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Below: These last two photos are from the corner of Darlington and Sydney Place at 103 Sydney Place. It’s an elaborate porch for a very visible corner. 07011.04.SO.Bathwick07011.05.SO.Bathwick

070609.Widcombe, Passing Time While Passing Water

June 9, 2007 at 12:41 AM | Posted in Bath, Canals, Overcast, people, Riverboats, somerset, Widcombe | 2 Comments

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Catching up on the gossip before going into the next set of locks.

070608. Bath, The Former Station Formerly Known As…Formerly Known As…

June 8, 2007 at 12:01 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Hot air balloons, Overcast, Restoration, roofs, somerset, Vaults | 4 Comments

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The twenty metre cast and wrought iron vaulted train shed of Queen Square Station (now Green Park Station), designed by the Midland Railway chief engineer J.S. Crossley and built between 1868-1869 by Andrew Handyside of Derby. Closed in 1966, it was restored by Stride Treglown Partnership and paid for by Sainsbury’s supermarket (visible in the rear) for their parking and the occasional crafts fair. It has been known as Green Station since 1951 and owned by the Bath City Council since 1974.
–Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 265-266. 251-252

070606.Bath, Pirates at the Gate

June 6, 2007 at 8:12 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, doorways, Overcast, people, Sculpture, somerset | 10 Comments

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Here in this coda, the Abbey doors are being closed after the procession:
“Mayoral Procession Part 4 of 3: From the Guildhall, Around the Abbey, Into the Abbey
Opened or being closed is quite rare,
but these people out front really don’t care.

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070605.Bath, God Is in the Details

June 5, 2007 at 12:01 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, Columns, Corinthian Order, doorways, Overcast, Peephole Views, people, somerset, Stained Glass | 5 Comments

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I was going to title this “Take a Picture, I’ll Last Longer” and bring attention to the other digital camera screen in the lower left hand corner but I thought again about bringing attention to that off center screen. This scene is special for me since I’ve never seen these wonderful sixteenth-century doors opened (or looked directly into this fine Perpendicular Gothic structure from the outside) — but note that I am in the center and therefore I got the better picture when compared to the camera screen in the lower left hand (right?). What does that say about me — I live here and I took the prize spot away from a passing tourist (I presume the people near me were tourists since they seemed to only speak Japanese). I didn’t stay in the spot after I had taken this shot, so at least I wasn’t overly greedy….still maybe I should have just cropped or photoshopped the camera screen out. In the end, I kept it in because it fascinates me! I can see someone else’s picture…maybe even before they saw it! Considering the focus of this photo was the traditional mayoral procession from the historic Guildhall into the Abbey, and in historic costumes no less, the camera screen adds an almost anachronistically presence to this composition! It surprises even me and I’m not old. Honest.
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I really love the costumes and the characters in them. I’m sure they’re all prestigious city councilors but something about wigs, stockings, and funny hats really brings out a caricature in a person — especially if they’re English. What I like about the above photo is the total disregard of the two girls in the rear, sitting against the abbey facade and painting a “Pirates of the Caribbean” ad on the pavement. You’ll see them better tomorrow.
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070604.Bath, Competing Reds: Mayor v. Bus, Who Will Win?

June 4, 2007 at 8:28 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Overcast, people, somerset | 8 Comments

Mayoral Procession Part 2 of 3: From the Guildhall, Around the Abbey, Into the Abbey
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What’s red, black and gold,
In the middle of the road,
and about to be hit by a bus?
BATH CITY MAYOR!

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The mayoral procession marching in the middle of the road from yesterday’s Guildhall to tomorrow’s Abbey west door. See the costumes they are wearing here.

Bath has a new mayor now, our 780th!: The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Mrs Sharon Ball! And the theme for this year has been decreed as “Caring.” As usual, brace yourselves for the ruthless change.

070603.Bath, Today’s Procession

June 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Bath, Columns, doorways, Ionic Order, Overcast, people, somerset | 7 Comments

Mayoral Procession Part 1 of 3: From the Guildhall, Around the Abbey, Into the Abbey

TODAY I saw a mayoral procession from the Guildhall to the West Door of the Abbey. They marched just as I had earlier reported that they would. (Reminds me of the one at the beginning of each Peabody’s Improbably History Segment) I’ll try and find out what was going on. Anyone know? (Perhaps they’re celebrating this site hitting 30,000 visitors today!)
The mayor is in red, although the term only lasts one year. The red-clad figure is not Mayor Paradise, which must mean her term has expired. Note the fur-clad figures in front of the mayor-in-red holding the golden expensive maces topped with crowns; these are historic weapons to smash the head in of anyone threatening the mayor and her expensive necklace. Bath is quite unique among cities since all mayoral processions are entitled to one one mace but Bath gets TWO. Also, the term of the Bath Mayor only lasts for one year. I’m not sure what the police are carrying. Perhaps Bath gets to have two sets of two maces. Or perhaps the police are just feeling particularly violent today (the constant overcast environment does that to you now and again).
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Bath has a new mayor now, our 780th!: The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Mrs Sharon Ball! And the theme for this year has been decreed as “Caring.” As usual, brace yourselves for the ruthless change.
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