070419.Claverton Down, Fight Fire with Fire

April 19, 2007 at 8:35 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Claverton Down, countryside, cumulus clouds, Ruins, somerset, University of Bath, Waterfront | 5 Comments

Currently, I am experiencing some internet issues but I leave you with the most scenic view possible (selectively cropped) on this ugly little campus. Commonly called the University of Bath’s Duck Pond, it is not in fact a pond, nor even a lake. It’s not even an artificial pond or lake. It’s technically a fire-fighting reserve reservoir (for this concrete, steel and glass hilltop world). This is not just a title. Half of the reservoir’s “beach” is composed of concrete slopes and intrusive pipes. Farther left, there’s even a random thingamajig sticking out of the ground nearby covered with the ruins of an ancient column base, reflecting no doubt on the Uni’s ‘excellent’ ranking for its architecture department. Fibreglass in construction, I would have preferred a giant four foot gnome with a T-Square.

070301.Newton-St. Low, THEME DAY: “Men at Work:” Life in a Crew Shell

March 1, 2007 at 1:12 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Corston, countryside, Fishing, Light and Shadow, Mansion, Newbridge, Newton St. Loe, people, Reflection, river, River Avon, Riverboats, Ships, somerset, Trees, Vaults, Waterfront | 7 Comments

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-Lady’s (above) and Men’s (below) crew teams (I want to give even representation to both sexes.)-
OK, so people apparently like not having any buildings posted for a change. I figure since most of the audience for this blog are folks not completely consumed by historical buildings but are from around here who have since moved away or people who once vacationed here and in both cases want to see some of the good “home-time” scenes. Hopefully these qualify. I aim to please the people. I must mention to please take note of the New Bridge, which defines the connection between the fields of Newton St. Low and Newbridge section of Bath. 070204.09.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge070204.15.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge
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The abovbe photo is from neighbouring Corston, Somerset — just farther along the River Avon on its way to Bristol. Below is the sheep pasture of Newton-St. Low, which has a village center that I have yet to get to.
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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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070212.Cardiff, “Pa, I Lost my Balloon”

February 12, 2007 at 1:59 AM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Hot air balloons, Overcast, people, stairs, Waterfront | 3 Comments

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OK, lame title. There’s O2 written on the lost balloon, which suggests that H2 might be written on the heart-shaped balloons(?) Please, DPers, help me: compete to caption this properly! This is just like a New Yorker contest, and the winning entry will be published…as will all other entries if left on the message board. (I will not delete.)

This was taken from the porch of the Welsh Senate looking south out into Cardiff Bay. The church is the far distance is St. Augustine’s. Not pictured, but a few hundred feet to the left is the Norwegian Church, where Roald Dahl was christened. There is Rohl Dahl Plas somewhere nearby, perhaps this was it. OK, get to work: I have faith in you.

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061104. 3/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

November 4, 2006 at 12:26 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, doorways, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Sculpture, Ships, Waterfront | 9 Comments



This is probably one of the most popular photo compositions taken (and retaken) in Bath by residents and tourists alike, so without further ado I’ll give you the popular guide’s account:

“[A]long York Street, on the left is Bath City Laundry, 1887-1888, by C. E. Davis, adapted from a dissenting chapel. The ground floor has unfluted Ionic pilasters and above is a fanciful Baroque attic story with pilasters supported on animal head consoles. This returns to form an elliptical-arched ‘bridge’ over York Street, linking with the Queen’s Bath, through which hot water was piped from the spring into the laundry. ” –Michael Forsyth, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 109.

Both the Hokusai prints and the city of Bath were largely created for tourists of different ages. I therefore do not feel guilty in merely quoting a guidebook to explain that Bath’s triumphal-like arch/gate to be in fact a fancy water pipe, exporting the byproduct of Bath’s namesake to a neighboring industry while framing the Abbey.

Hokusai also adds a decorated gate to frame Mt. Fuji while he inhabits his composition with characters interacting with and carrying water.

FYI: Hokusai’s more or less abstract series does not feature any blatant night shots. I suppose he was just stingy with the ink.

061101.Asbury Park, THEME DAY: “Something that is About to Disappear Soon”

November 1, 2006 at 1:48 AM | Posted in Architecture, Asbury Park, Bath, Conservation, New Jersey, Preservation, Restoration, Ruins, somerset, Waterfront | 5 Comments


I’m breaking the rules on this one. As a conservationist, I’m structure-oriented and this theme was almost too good to be true.

But I’m in Bath! I’m in the UK! Every British “Employees Must Wash Their Hands Before Returning to Work” sign has a lottery trust supporting a conservation board for it. England’s great this way, really. In fact, forty-nine percent of construction in Britain is for conservation purposes!

The problem for this theme then is that very little structurally will shortly disappear that I am familiar with, after being in the city for only a month (there are always minor altercations occurring and of course the loss of leaves for winter…). It is this dilemma then that takes me over the pond to the New Jersey shore where Monmouth County’s once great 1930s and ‘40s vacation destination of Asbury Park (founded in 1887 by James Bradley) has been decaying since the 1970s.

A long time ago when I was very young, I was lucky enough to be taken by my parents and grandmother into the Casino right before if was boarded up and shut to the public (at least I’m pretty sure it was the Casino and not Convention Hall). The inside has nice terra-cotta tiles, decorative bronze grills and light fixtures and a great “old timey” feel. More than the rest of Asbury, the Casino is not only decaying but slowly falling into the water (similar to the fate of the Brighton West Pier in the UK). It was the first building I saw that got me thinking about conservation since it “couldn’t be made anymore” and it “might disappear soon.” Hence, I figured it’d be great for this theme.

Today, I’m happy to report that Asbury Park is turning around. There’s a new mayor and beach goers have begun returning to the Jersey waters and the long and elegantly weathered boardwalk promenade. The last time I was there in 2006, the Convention Hall and part of the Casino had been opened up to walk through with blown up old postcard images as a tourist-draw. It seemed like a start to something good.

Take a look at the endangered Historical Buildings in your area. I’ll try to post some links later.

AIA 11 Most Endangered in US

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061031.Combe Down, Trick or Treat!

October 31, 2006 at 12:47 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Claverton Down, Combe Down, countryside, Gardens & Parks, Halloween, people, river, siblings, somerset, Waterfront | 13 Comments


“Here’s an NYT article on Trick or Treating in London–or not. They don’t like the modern American version of just taking the candy and doing
nothing…you had to do the Trick part–sing for your supper or do something. The Brits aren’t impressed with just giving away candy for nothing. I like that.” (Thanks BR)


Below is the only Halloween image I was able to capture when I went out at night. The homeowners had just put it out and when they saw me snooping around they didn’t close the door until I left. I imagine people will come out later at night (It was only 6 when I took the picture).


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