070715.Bathwick, The Legendary Pitstop of the Headless Horse and Man

July 15, 2007 at 8:11 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Horses, Overcast, people, Pulteney Bridge, river, River Avon, somerset | 2 Comments

On Pultney Bridge.

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:)
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Here are some views of the bridge before Thomas Baldwin added a second story:
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And here’s what Robert Adam’s may have based the design on:
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Plans and etchings from: Ison, Walter. The Georgian Buildings of Bath from 1700 to 1830. Bath: Kingsmead Press, 1980. (Page numbers included in image.)

070109.Bath, Pulteney Bridge on the First Night

January 9, 2007 at 12:01 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Light and Shadow, Pulteney Bridge, somerset, Vaults | 9 Comments

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By popular demand, here is Pulteney Bridge with its warm honey-coloured Bath stone at night from the city centre side of the Avon. There have been a lot of bridges at night but the one I just saw was across the pond. This also marks my 110th night in this city, which is appropriate because I took this 110 days ago, on my first day here. It was the sixth and best photo I took that day, which were all about my first impressions of this city. I saw this and thought: nice.
At the time, it was tetering on the edge of rain appropriately enough, and it began to drizzle a few seconds after this photo was taken. So although not quite daily, it is at night.
Cheers to New Zealand Meg for pointing out the bridge was built between 1769 and 1774.

070108.Bathwick, Pulteney Bridge

January 8, 2007 at 12:22 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Doric Order, Light and Shadow, Pevsner, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, Restoration, river, River Avon, somerset, Vaults | 14 Comments

Designed by Robert Adam and built by William Johnstone Pulteney from 1769 to 1774, Pulteney Bridge is easily one of the city’s most recognizable features. It has shops on both sides (though the south face, shown, is the glamorous one). The bridge connects the city centre to Bathwick, then owned entirely by the Pulteney family. Adam also designed Bathwick but his designs were never carried out and Thomas Baldwin constructed Great Pulteney Street and the rest of Bathwick, as it stands now, until he was fired. Here’s a description of the bridge from the Pevsner Architectural Guide: “A central pavilion has an open pediment and a great Venetian window, and the wings have pavilion features over each pier. Square pavilions sit on the abutments, with domes and pediments and, originally, porticoes facing outward. The street elevations are broadly similar but flanking wings each have three arched openings to form shopfronts with doorways between. All this sounds monumental. In fact, it is a surprisingly small bridge, friendly in its dimensions. In 1792 Thomas Baldwin added a storey, removed the porticoes and altered the shopfronts. After the NW mid-stream pier collapsed in 1800, John Pinch the Elder, now surveyor to the Bathwick Estate, appears to have reconstructed the N side in 1802-4 to a plainer design and a deeper plan….” (1) It has been altered and reconstructed many times since then.
1: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 82.

It’s still raining so I’m reaching back a few days, again.

070105.Dolmeads, North Parade Bridge and Pulteney Bridge Glowing in the Early Morning

January 5, 2007 at 1:06 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Chisel Marks, Light and Shadow, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, river, River Avon, somerset, Trees | 8 Comments

Seen from the Dolmeads section of Bath, here is the frequently posted North Parade Bridge, which extended the North Parade, the elegant and exclusive street that ran between the Lower Assembly Rooms (no longer around) in Bowling Green and architect John Wood the Elder’s exclusive North Parade Houses (originally called the Grand Parade Houses in the 1740s-50s, and according to one source: Gallaway’s Buildings).

The bridge was constructed between 1835-1836 by engineer W. Tierney Clark, and its original structure was “cast iron with ashlar piers, one enclosing a staircase to the riverside, another formerly a toll collector’s residence. F. R. Sisson, City Engineer, clad the span in ashlar in 1936-7. The bridge continues as a viaduct to the east, with two lodges, 1835-6, in Jacobean style with well-preserved strapwork.” (1)

Built to give connection between city and Widcombe, with an original halfpenny toll charge. It was also “a respectable, safe, and ornamental approach, which is at present attainable by circuitous route over the Old Bridge (at all times ineligible for female pedestrians of respectability), or by endeavoring to avoid Scylla falling on Charybdis and wading through that reproach to the neighborhood, the filthy and odious Dolmeads” (2)
Looming over the bridge is the Victorian beheameth, the Empire Hotel, and in the arch of the bridge is Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge.

1: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 109.
2: John Ede, Special Walks (Bath: Department of Leisure and Tourist Services, Bath City Council, 1984), 19.

070102.Bathwick, Q: What To Focus on this New Year? A: Pigeons.

January 2, 2007 at 1:37 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Chisel Marks, people, Pigeon, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, river, River Avon, somerset, Vaults | 4 Comments


And like a miracle the sun came out today after weeks of rain and gloom. Early in the morning I was taking a few shots and found myself competing for spaces with this guy. I was first on several shots but he beat me to the bridge, and thus made it in my long shot of the bridge.

P.S. Of course, I had to copy his close up pigeons on the bridge shot, and after taking it and downloading it, it’s really not worth posting. But who knows what dull weeks lie ahead.

I’ve featured Pulteney Bridge on this site several times before. It was designed by the famous Robert Adam to connect Bath and Bathwick, before the latter was even built. (Bathwick and the bridge were financed by the Pulteney family.) It was constructed between 1769 adn 1774, and it was also one of the first photos I took when I arrived her 102 days ago (such a long time!).

061110.Claverton Down, “C” is for Circus!

November 10, 2006 at 12:04 AM | Posted in Bath, Bath Abbey, Bathwick, Claverton Down, Food, Pulteney Bridge, river, River Avon, somerset, towns, University of Bath | 11 Comments

…or Carnie food or Claverton Down or…

This past week I have been stuck indoors typing and my eating habits have subsequently suffered. As a result, I’ve been going to the campus cafeteria, which I really try to avoid, just to get something quick to eat. Anyway, I was eating this Spring Roll so fast last night that I only noticed there was printed text on it when it was nearly finished. All that remained was the letter “C,” beginning a word of clearly great significance.

I’m sure everyone has a horror story involving a Chicken McNugget, or something. However, maybe it’s just the 550 grams of coffee crystals I’ve dissolved and drank since 1st October but I’m curious about what my spring role was trying to tell me?! Just imagine, if you will, the effort of adding text to a spring role. And it was all for naught!

I figured it could be a decent post because of the Bath Archeological Trust’s Georgian/Modern Bath Ordnance Survey background. Please note yesterday’s Pulteney Bridge in the lower right corner connecting Bath and Bathwick by spanning the Avon and also the plan of John Wood the Elder’s famous King’s Circus in the upper left corner. And there, below the Circus, observe the “C” on my spring role.

Call it anything you like but British food has never disappointed my expectations of it. I was hungry and finished the spring role, letter, and all. Everything goes down well with instant coffee.

So tell me out there, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

In the meantime, I’m going to enter C into Budapest DP’s daily quiz, and any other multiple choice quiz that I can find in the hopes of winning big!

UPDATE: “C” was the right answer! I’m pluggin’ it in again.

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