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Bath Pump Room

Bath Pump Room

This is where visitors to the spa used to come in the mornings for a large drink of the famous waters. You can still try the stuff – tastes rather metallic, but I’ve had worse. Cheltenham water is said to be truly awful. This is now an upmarket tea room, and if you are lucky … Continue reading

Benefactions to Bridges

I love bridges & a lot of my blogs feature th In the book stripping the altars Ramon Duffy notes how many people left money or property in their wills to maintain roads & bridges, putting them on a par with caring & feeding the poor. This seems a bit odd, but poor had to … Continue reading

Bath’s Oldest Charity

John Loveday also visited Bath: “The Town-house [ie town or guild hall] is an handsome Stone Building, supported on open Arches; the large Room above Stairs is adorned with man Pictures of the Aldermen and other Members of the Corporation, which their Member, General Wade, was at the expense of drawing to hang up here; … Continue reading

A Tiny Space in Bath

A Tiny Space in Bath

This is something I spotted in Bath, on Upper Borough Walls, but hidden from the street so I had to lean over a wall to get the pic. It says this is the former site of the burial ground for the General Hospital, opened in 1736 and held 238 bodies when it was closed in … Continue reading

A Female Revolution

The middle of the 18th century in England was an incredibly noisy, busy time, and women were more visible than at any other time in history. This is not just because of the many cartoons by Cruikshank and others mocking their outrageous fashions, they really were out there. In Bath, almost 1/3 of the blue … Continue reading

Cured, Much Better, Better, No Better, Dead

The title refers to types of outcomes for patients at Bath’s first hospital. Whilst praised by Smollet and others as being ‘the hospital of the nation’, it was built to stop the flood of sick poor into the city in search of help. The surprising thing is that very few died, given the levels of … Continue reading

Three Buildings for One Visit

Three Buildings for One Visit

The building that is now the Freemason’s Hall in Bath, has got a fascinating history – it began as a theatre, then became a catholic chapel before the Freemasons took it over. It is now a mixture of the three uses, and well worth a visit. Theatres were not respectable places until well into the … Continue reading

Cheeribums as Daniel Seed.

The first mention of bicycles in the West Country of England comes from the Bath Gazette in May 1843 which notes two descriptions of three wheeled vehicles in use on the streets of Bath. One was propelled by the rider ‘rising up and down, after the manner of horse exercise’ which sounds like it was … Continue reading

Plugging My Books

This is a blatant attempt to tweak a few book sales, as they are just sitting around at home getting on each others’ nerves. I have written 17 books, with another one that needs working on. Theyare mostly local history, but I never do just local – whatever Iwrite about, I always try to place it within a wider … Continue reading