Tagged with Ralph Allen

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

Bath Assembly Rooms

Bath Assembly Rooms

In Eighteenth century England , any town of any note had assembly rooms, for dinners and balls, but also music recitals, public meetings and lectures. Bath had two in competition with each other by mid century, but the fashions changed, people had parties with friends and they fell into decline. The surviving, upper rooms are … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Gloucestershire

Gloucester Cathedral Monument to William Warburton (1698-1779) Bishop of Gloucester, buried there. Warburton was one of the best known and controversial figures of the 18th century, his ‘Divine Legation of Moses’, a defence of Pope, was widely read.  He was an enemy to Methodism, a friend and literary executor to Pope, whose work he defended, … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Wrington Home of  Hannah More (1745-1833) poet playwright and social campaigner, called ‘the Prelate in petticoats’. Wrington was also the birthplace of John Locke (1632-1704) philospher was born in a small cottage adjoining the north side of the church, his mother’s family home. Frome ‘An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions Without Injury to the Master … Continue reading