Astoft

 

Bath - Abbey Area
18th century

Click photos to enlarge
Notes in italics from North Somerset and Bristol by Nikolaus Pevsner  (1958)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London



P5060508-u2-h540-u0.5t5-q30.jpg (78773 bytes)          P5060505-rot-u2-h540-u0.5t5-q60.jpg (37548 bytes)          P5060509-u2-720-u0.3-q40.jpg (72671 bytes)

An elliptically arched 'bridge' over York Street through which was piped hot water from the Queen's Bath (left) to the Bath City Laundry (right). The laundry is an adaptation in 1887-8 by C.E. Davis of a dissenting chapel. An ornate fluted chimney rises from an arcaded and pedimented square base. Facade of unfluted Ionic pilasters on the ground floor, fluted pilasters above on consoles with animal heads. 

P4200229-transf-u2-h540-u0.5-q50.jpg (71789 bytes)          P4200258-transf-u2-h540-u0.5-q60.jpg (78605 bytes)          P5060490-transf-varlt-vary-u2-h540-u0.5-q60.jpg (60266 bytes)          P5060491-rot-u2-720-u0.5-q50.jpg (77471 bytes)

Sally Lunn's House, 3 North Parade Passage. A basically medieval house, part of the Duke of Kingston's premises in 1480 (and so claims to be the oldest house in Bath). The present appearance is C17, four-storeyed with gables and sash-windows.
More about Sally Lunn's House
Next to it, No. 2, Ralph Allen's House ... of the same type, but enlarged in 1727 by an extension (at the back) designed by
John Wood the Elder  ... the facade faces E and just got a view towards the downs and the (later) Sham Castle. Now it can only be seen at the end of a narrow passage in Terrace Walk. ... The facade is the most important and instructive document to show Wood's style at the time of his start at Bath.
More about Ralph Allen   



P4200231-transf-varlt-varr-u2-740-u0.5-q10.jpg (79591 bytes)     P5060503-crop-u2-h405-u0.5-q40.jpg (67025 bytes)     P4200227-transf-u2-h405-u0.5-q60.jpg (62422 bytes)     P4200228-transf-varr-u2-740-u0.5-q20.jpg (93840 bytes)     P4200234-transf-u2-h540-u0.5t3-q50.jpg (66178 bytes)

Abbey Green, an irregularly shaped  square with a big plane tree. It occupies the site of the monastic buildings south of the abbey. The elliptical rusticated arch between the Green and Abbey Gate Street is of 1973 by the city architect. Fourth picture shows the north side of Abbey Green. To the left of it Abbey Street contains a Palladian three-bay house of 1756, probably by Thomas Jelly.


P5060469-u2-720-u0.5t3-q30.jpg (79182 bytes)

General Wade's House in Abbey Church Yard, possibly by Thomas Greenway, or by Wade himself ... of c.1720, that is pre-Wood, but has above its altered ground floor a fine display of five giant fluted Corinthian pilasters. Handsomely carved garlands in the spaces between the first- and second-floor windows. ... 
The house to the right is also of c. 1720 and attributed to Greenway. Superimposed pilasters, Ionic below, Corinthian above. Central bay with arched windows, triangular and segmental pediments.


The Abbey

More Bath
 

 

Home Architecture Index Email:  Maps Link  (U.K.)
 

All photographic images in pages within the domains astoft.co.uk & astoft.com are Copyright the Website owner 2001 or later unless otherwise stated. Email contact above. Full size 3megapixel originals are available for approved purposes.