Pulteney Bridge, Bath

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    Pulteney Bridge

    by SurfaceTravel Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Pulteney Bridge

    From the web site listed below: "Pulteney Bridge is a rarity. It is one of only four in the world lined by shops on both sides. It was built for William Pulteney, whose wife had inherited rural Bathwick across the river from Bath. Pulteney could see the potential for development, but first a ferry had to be replaced by a bridge. His architect Robert Adam favoured a Palladian design. The bridge has suffered so many changes that Adam would only recognise the south river front, yet it remains an architectural symbol of Bath. "

    It was completed in 1770, and other sources describe it as one of only four in Europe lined by shops on both sides.

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    Pulteney Bridge: A bridge with small shops on it

    by Airpunk Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Together with the roman baths, the abbey and a couple of 18th century architetural beauties, Pulteney bridge belongs to Bath's most popular attractions. Pulteney Bridge has a couple of small shops on it, including a small café on the southern side where you can sit and enjoy the view. The other shops are not really that interesting, only a souvenir shop, a sports shop and a late night shop are to be mentioned. When you walk on the bridge, you will not see any water, giving you the idea that you are on a normal street and not on a bridge.

    Pulteney bridge was completed in 1773 and altered several times during the centuries: A flood destroyed a part on the northern side, shopkeepers changed the windows and a couple of other alterations changed the appearance of this georgian monument. Restaurations took place in 1951 and 1975. Today, the bridge is one of only four in the world to have shops on both sides and full lenght. The name "Pulteney bridge" comes from Frances Pulteney, who was heiress in 1767 of the Bathwick estate across the river from Bath.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 2, 2006

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    Inspired by the famous bridge in Florence known as the Ponte Vecchio, this bridge was designed by Robert Adam. Like John Wood, he was heavily influenced by the Palladian school of architecture. It was built for William Pulteney, whose wife had inherited rural Bathwick (across the river). Completed in 1773, it took a while to attract tenants. But today, it has a number of thriving businesses. It's one of only four bridges in the world lined with shops on both sides.

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    by Sjalen Written Feb 27, 2006

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    This is my favourite Bath scene - the river Avon cascading down and framed by steep banks, then with the lovely bridge in the back. On top of that, the bridge has shops on it, making it a bit of an English Florence. Marvellous.

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    by nathan_j Updated Apr 10, 2005
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    This is a very neat bridge, lined with shops. When crossing over I never would have realized it was a bridge if our guide had not told us. It looks like a normal street, except you can see the river through the shop windows.

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    by mvtouring Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Coffee shops on Pulteney Bridge

    First time in my life that I see a bridge with little narrow shops on it...Pultney Bridge is a one-of-a-kind in the UK--a bridge lined on both sides with permanent buildings, now filled with narrow shops of various kinds. Beautiful--especially at night.

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    Pulteney Bridge

    by iandsmith Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Take it from the top

    This is one of those classic bridges lined with shops that everyone takes a picture of and is probably the most photographed single item in Bath. Sort of like the bridges in Venice or Florence.
    I opted for a couple of different angles.
    The first is from the upstream side.

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    by coceng Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    Pulteney Bridge, Bath...

    Bath is hemmed by seven hills...It is a gorgeous town !
    Throughout The Middle Ages, Bath was served as an ecclesiastical centre & also a wool-trading town.
    Almost the most-photographed sight in Bath !
    The Pulteney Bridge, designed by Robert Adam in 1774...It is named after Frances Pulteney, a heiress in 1767 of The Bathwick Estate...See My :
    PULTENEY BRIDGE / THE WEIR
    Photos At Night !
    ...and also,
    Read More On PULTENEY BRIDGE...

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    The Weir...

    by coceng Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    The Weir, Bath...England

    Here's a photo of The Weir, just infront of Pulteney Bridge...
    What is a weir ?
    It is a wall built under the water across a river, over which the water flows from one level to another in a controlled way...
    Now we know !See My BATH Photos At Night !

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    Shop-Lined Bridge

    by sue_stone Written Sep 20, 2004

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    The Pulteney Bridge is a stone bridge, that crosses the Avon River.

    It is lined with shops on both sides, reminiscent of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

    My favourite shop was a small cafe where you can sit at the window looking directly out over the river.

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    Most romantic bridge in England!

    by londonlover Written Jun 8, 2004

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    Doing my best without a tripod! :)

    At least, I think so...Pultney Bridge is a one-of-a-kind in the UK--a bridge lined on both sides with permanent buildings, now filled with narrow shops of various kinds. Beautiful--especially at night.

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    Pulteney Bridge 3

    by AcornMan Written May 15, 2004

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    Robert Adams planned a row of eleven small shops on each side, with staircases to attics above. Lofty Venetian windows formed the centrepiece of his design for the river facades, while matching Venetian Doors faced the street.Pulteney Bridge was completed in 1773. Over the years the bridge was transformed as shops were converted, ruining the street elevations. By 1948 the buildings had become "a pathetic travesty of the original design." In January 1936 the bridge was scheduled as a national monument and restoration planned to restore the original facade. The restoration was finally completed in time for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Today the bridge has been returned to its original grandeur and should not be missed by visitors to Bath.

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    Pulteney Bridge 2

    by AcornMan Written May 15, 2004

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    The view of the bridge as you approach it from the road on either end is somewhat deceiving. Because of the shops and restaurants along the sides it hardly looks like a bridge at all and instead resembles a regular street. It is a unique experience to be sure.

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    Pulteney Bridge 1

    by AcornMan Written May 15, 2004

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    One of only two bridges in Europe to support shops, the majestic Pulteney Bridge crosses the river Avon uniting east and west Bath. The eminent architect Robert Adam was commission by Sir William Pulteney to provide a fitting approach to the Pulteney estate, and the bridge, completed in 1770, was the impressive result.

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    A Bridge of Shops

    by pedersdottir Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Ribbon of Avon and Romanesque arches

    Traffic moves slowly over Pulteney Bridge, crowded as it is with shoppers on both sides jostling for space on the pavement. As a continuation of New Bond Street, the bridge attracts shoppers and diners to the tiny retail establishments overlooking the water.

    Crossing the bridge from town and heading east, the visitor soons comes to another circle of Georgian townhouses at Laura Place. The Austen family spent some time househunting here in early 1801.

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