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Bath: The grand old aristocratic lady of England..

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A September 2003 trip to Bath by actonsteve

The Abbey from the Roman Baths Photo, Bath, England More Photos
Quote: Venerable, stylish and not a little vain - if Bath were human she would be an aristocratic old lady. A fading beauty with a cut-glass accent, natural polish and ancient breeding. Her bearing would be graceful,her manners impeccable and her entire being exceedingly charming...

Bath: The grand old aristocratic lady of England..

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The Abbey from the Roman Bath's Photo, Bath, England
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"On Tuesdays and Thursdays the balls begin at six. Very promptly. Mr Nash leads out the most noble lord and lady in the minuet to begin the dancing. It was my Lord Baltimore last night and I swear his coat was lined quite through with ermine.." Diary of Sophie Carey, visitor to Bath in 1726 Bath is a city which returns you to the age of elegance. It is a city of graceful Georgian architecture, leafy crescents and bubbling ancient bath's. Here, in the 18th Century, English fashionable society would descend for 'the season' to take the bath's. Surrounding them is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. A jewel of Palladian architecture made entirely out of grey/y...Read More

Crystal Palace Tavern

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Attraction | "The Crystal Palace pub - "Mine's a Scrumpy Cider!""

Crystal Palace Tavern Photo, Bath, England
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One of the things which always takes me by surprise about Britain is how quickly the accents change... Bath is only 170 miles from London but with a completely different accent and sometimes I thought I was in another country. The accents out in the West Country have different consanants and vowels. They tend to talk like Sam Gamgee out of 'Lord of the Rings'; rolling their 'r's' so Somerset becomes 'zummerzet' and Bath becomes 'Baarrrthh...". No more was this more apparent then in the beer garden of the 'Crystal Palace' pub. This was a neighbourhood pub where tourists occasionally wandered in from a visit to the Abbey. Locals would come in on ...Read More

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Crystal Palace Tavern
10-11 Abbey Grn
Bath, England BA1 1NW
01225 482666

King William pub

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Attraction | "'King William' pub - Tradition in a mystical town"

King William pub Photo, Bath, England
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I must admit, I do like dogs in pubs.... This pub had a chubby black labrador. Getting on in years it held court in the middle of the pub. It's tail wagged when regulars walked through the door and when they wern't there it would lie in front of the stone fireplace. Nose twitching with the smells from the kitchen. And the 'King William' was definitely a neighbourhood pub. A Tudor timbered inn situated at the Stone Cross at the confluence of the High Street and Magdalene Street in Glastonbury. In this village of mystical religions, alternative theraphy's and organic restaurants this was definitely a pub for the local's. The landlady knew everybody's name and even strangers, such...Read More

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King William pub
36 Thomas Street
Bath, England BA1 5NN
01225 428096

Bath at it's most civilised Photo, Bath, England
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"Afterwards the Pump Room is amusing and crowded with people. There are public breakfasts later in the morning, sometimes with music or lectures on Art, and hot chocolate with Sally Lunn cakes smeared in butter which Aunt Ursula says undoes all the good of the baths.." .Sophie Carey, 1726 One of the great things about visiting the Baths is participating in the ritual that accompanies them. A visit to the Pump Room is to indulge in the activities of fashionable 18th Century society, a trip back in time to the age of elegance - you can eat dinner overlooking the Roman baths, listen to the chamber orchestra or imbibe the spa water and treat your body to fifty k...Read More
The Great Bath from the Terrace Photo, Bath, England
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"Aunt Ursula says she will bathe every day at eight o''clock and the sedan chairman charge excessively although they only have to carry her a short way. I have to agree with Papa that the water tastes unaccountably horrid, one supposes it is doing one good.." The Diary of Sophie Carey, 1726 I bent down and dipped my hand into the Great Bath, and to my surprise the green waters were wonderfully warm.... The milky emerald water of this ancient Roman pool comes from far underground. Aeons ago a lake of water got trapped in a sub-surface bubble and one of it''s few escape arteries emerges in Bath. And the Roman Bath''s are the best reason to visit this lovely city...Read More

Bath Abbey - The Lantern on the West..

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The Rear of Bath Abbey Photo, Bath, England
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"Each day at the Abbey there is a service before noon. There are some tablets on the walls to speak well of people who have died there, and Papa saw one to the memory of General Fitzjohn and said he was damned if he would pray in a place crammed with so much hypocrisy.." Diary of Sophie Carey, 1726 There is a touch of high society about Bath Abbey. This magnificent Cathedral was the worshipping point for the ''beau monde'' when they came to do ''the season'' in Bath. It dominates the entire city. It can be seen from the train window as you arrive, it''s great steeple can be observed from boats floating down the river. And when the great bells toll the sound can be ...Read More
The Pulteney Bridge from downstream Photo, Bath, England
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The is something faintly Tuscan about Bath. Something Italianate with it's honey-coloured column's, topiaried gardens and cream coloured buildings. No where is this more evident then at the Pulteney Bridge which looks like something out of a Da Vinci painting. The Florence connection is also backed up by the fact that this is the only bridge - apart from the Ponte Vecchio - that has shops, restaurants and galleries along its length. The view of the bridge from the footpath on the river Avon is one of the best in this lovely city and one that you will return to again and again. This whole area is very impressive. The river Avon cuts through the eastern part of the city of Bath, carving...Read More
The Assembly Rooms from outside  Photo, Bath, England
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"You cannot escape the dancing as Mr Nash sees everyone and is quite cross if you do not get up when asked for a Country Dance. He is a kind man, I believe, but I swear his linen is not altogether clean. Everything must cease at eleven o'clock because he commands it. Papa says he is a fool but a harmless one..." Sophie Carey, 1726 The Mr Nash she is referring to is the Master of Ceremonies at Bath for over fifty years - Richard "Beau" Nash. He ruled Bath with a rod of iron, it was he who decided which cravat was fashionable, as well as outlawing duels and swords from the city and engaged good orchestra's for his Assembly rooms. He was so powerful that he could te...Read More
The start of Milsom Street Photo, Bath, England
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If I could travel back in time in Britain - top of my list of eras to visit would be the 18th Century. This was a century to have fun. This was a century which valued elegance and aesthetics. It was a time of great liveliness where people were more natural and down-to-earth. Especially when you compare it with the religious fanaticism of the 17th Century and the po-faced Victorian morality of the 19th. The apogee of this has to be Bath. Built in yellow-white stone the city epitomises the civilised way of life of those times. The houses, rows and crescents of Bath still retain their Georgian splendour. The blackwood doors of these caramel coloured buildings once housed Jane Austen or Th...Read More
More medieval statuary then most countries Photo, Wells, England
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Of all the great surprises on my recent trip to Bath, the best has to be Wells.. This tiny town in the middle of the Somerset countryside was exquisitely beautiful. It is England's smallest Cathedral city and is a reminder of a time when English provincial towns were more manageable and cosy. It is very picture-postcard with the twin towers of the magnificent Cathedral looming over the High Street, the pubs serve real ale and are hung with hanging baskets and the idyllic Mendip Hills start at the edge of town. Wells resembles a town in an Anthony Trollope novel - it is straight out of the pages of the 'Barchester Chronicles'. The jewel in the crown has to ...Read More
The ruins of the nave looking west Photo, Bath, England
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"And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountain green? And was the holy Lamb of God? On England's pleasant pastures seen?" William Blake, 1757-1837 And did these feet in ancient times walk upon the hills of Glastonbury? The feet Blake refers to belong to Jesus Christ. Did our Lord walk the hills of Somerset two thousand years ago? Well, it is possible. His uncle was Joseph of Arimathea who owned concessions in the nearby tin mines and there is a chance, however slim, of the infant Jesus accompanying his uncle on a trading expedition. He could indeed have visited the tiny village of Glastonbury.... For this ancient town is one...Read More

Chalice Well and Gardens

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Attraction | "The Chalice Well - the last resting place of the Holy Grail"

Chalice Well and Gardens Photo, Glastonbury, England
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" In a remote marshy plain twenty miles south of Bath the agents tracked down the headquarters of a cult, a tiny settlement among the marshes where the Christians lived in tiny reed huts. The island, called in the Celtic tongue, Ynys-Writhin - Isle of Glass - was hastily evacuated before our men could land. The sect scattered, some taking refuge not far away in a lake-village whose inhabitants lived in huts built on reed platforms. So far the leader of the sect has eluded us.." Aulus Paulinus, Imperial Governor, translated by George Shipway, 1935The leader of the sect was Joseph of Arimathea, the man credited along with St Augustine with bringing Christianity to B...Read More

Chalice Well and Gardens
Chilkwell Street
Glastonbury, England BA6 8DD
+44 (1458) 31154