Royal Crescent, Bath
This evening, I am reporting on one of the important examples of Georgian (1730-1800) architecture to be found in the British Isles, namely the Royal Crescent in Bath, England.
Bath is a city with Roman origins which is located about 120 miles west of London.
This stunning work was built during the period 1767-1774 under the direction of John Wood the Younger and is a manifestation of the style, scope and grandeur of the 18th century moneyed classes, a time which could be called the ‘Jane Austen era’.
Video clip of Royal Crescent.
The development was unusual by modern standards in that Wood built the facade and then sold off sections to purchasers who each employed their own architects. There were originally thirty houses but over time some have been merged into a hotel and others into offices. No 1 was taken back to its original interior in the late 1960s and is now a museum.
Another consideration of the Crescent is its high elevation and views over the Victoria Park immediately in front.
A ‘must’ for visitors interested in architecture and/or 18th century living. The site is usually included in a tour of Bath.