Royal Crescent, Bath

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    The fanciest address in Town

    by sue_stone Written Sep 21, 2004

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    The Royal Crescent

    The Royal Crescent is a sweeping crescent of spectacular georgian townhouses, that were built back in 1767-1774.

    The townhouses overlook a large private lawn, which appeared to be filled with tourists ignoring the private property sign, when I was there.

    I had seen so many photos of the Royal Crescent, that I felt a bit disappointed when I saw it. Perhaps it was just the grey weather.

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    Such an elegant street

    by toonsarah Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    The Royal Crescent is possibly the best known of Bath’s elegant Georgian Streets and its most striking. The harmonious parade of 30 houses was designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774.

    Today most of the houses are privately owned, and many of them broken into flats, but the harmonious appearance is retained, and the views out across Royal Victoria Park must make this one of the most desirable addresses in the city. The central few houses are however a hotel, if you fancy a taste of this exclusivity (at a high price, I imagine, and Number 1 (the first house you come to if approaching from the city centre and Circus) is a museum, maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust, which illustrates how wealthy owners of the period might have furnished and lived in such a house. I didn’t go inside on this occasion, as my time was limited and I had been before, but I remember it as offering a great introduction to life in Georgian and Regency times.

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    by Dabs Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    The Royal Crescent is 30 Georgian houses, laid out in a crescent, built between 1767 and 1774. The architect was John Wood the Younger, who completed the Circus in Bath upon his father's death.

    A citation in Wikipedia claims that Wood the Younger and Wood the Elder were interested in the occult and the Masonic Temple and that from overhead the Royal Crescent and Circus symbolize the sun and moon and that the Circus, Gay Street and Queens Square form a key shape which is also a Masonic symbol. As I won't be flying over Bath anytime soon I can't verify this but I thought it was an interesting bit of either trivia or speculation.

    Number 1 Royal Crescent is a museum, maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust, where you can see a town house redecorated and furnished to show how it might have appeared in the late 18th century. It was closed for the season when we were there, but our guide said it was well worth a visit.

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    Royal Crescent

    by mallyak Written Sep 24, 2008

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    Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775, numbering 30 houses built in the trademark honey stone of Bath with a facade of columns. In front of the crescent is a grass area which now extends into Victoria Park. The houses are still as fashionable today as they were then.

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    The Royal Crescent

    by mardaska Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    The Royal Crescent

    The Royal Crescent consists of thirty elegant mansions of freestone, built on the 18th century.

    Number 1 was designed by John Wood the Younger as part of his masterpiece and was the first house to be built in the Royal Crescent. The house has been restored and redecorated in order to show how it might have appeared in the late eighteenth century.

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    Royal Crescent

    by iandsmith Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    Can't see the fence?  Ha ha.

    Stroll around here and enjoy the fresh air and views of Royal Crescent. Designed by John Wood the Younger as lodging-houses for the gentry on their visits to Bath, this crescent was completed in 1767. It was in the middle of farmland then and had wonderful sweeping views of the hills and Avon valley. Those views now offer additional interest for fans of gasholder design and housing estate layout, but the Crescent itself remains a splendid sight, with Victoria Park calmly green below. Note the ha-ha, or sunken fence, which kept the sheep, cows and peasants from their front lawns, but didn't interrupt the view from the apartments. Why is it called ha-ha? I've no idea.
    What I can tell you to make you laugh is what happened on the day I planned to go to Bath and I approached my Eastern European hotel manager, like all staff obviously hired for a lower price than normal. Anyhow, the conversation went exactly like this:
    "I want to go to Bath"
    "Problem with bath?"
    "No, I want to go to Bath."
    ............10 second pause........
    "Which room you are in?"
    "No, the town, the city, Bath!!"
    Basil Fawlty would have understood.

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    Bath, an enchanted weekend.

    by VinceTraveller Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    City of Bath as seen from the

    What a treat I gave myself by staying for a weekend at the famous city of Bath. It is where most of Jane Austen's novel takes place. To see the famous Pultney Bridge and the "Noble Cliffs" were enchanting. The Roman Baths and the Bath Abbey are a must-see when one is in Bath. Architecturally, this place is a haven for admirers of the great Georgian style...one must not miss the glorious Royal Crescent.

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    Bath's Eiffel tower...

    by sourbugger Written Sep 9, 2005

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    If there is one iconic image of Bath that is recognised all over the world, it has to be the 'Royal Cresent'.

    The Royal Crescent consists of thirty houses. Some have described it as a half-Colosseum. The structure uses Ionic columns on high bases. The idea of blocks of town houses like this and the Circus was very influential.

    The road is now a cul-de-sac, and although superb in architectural terms, I somehow found it lacked a 'certain something' in terms of visual impact.

    What did suprise me however, was the view. The Cresent affords a great view out over the city.

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    Longleat Safari Park

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    deer looking for food

    When you buy your ticket there are different options: The Passport which gives access to all the attractions and costs £22. It can be used again if you did not complete all the activities on offer within the same year.
    At the entrance there are picnic tables and toilets. As you are not allowed to get out of your car until completing the safari, take advantage of the toilet facilities now.
    When driving around the park, beware of the monkeys. They jump on cars, can break the aerial of the car, or play with the wind screen wipers. It's fun watching the mayhem being done on someone else's car, but unbeknown to you, there may be a little mischief at work on your own! This happened to us.
    Children like to feed the deer and some can even be tame enough to come up to the open window and take the food from your hand. Cups of dried pellets can be bought for £1. Remember to wipe your hands thoroughly as soon as possible. A packet of wet wipes would be useful.

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    Royal Crescent

    by grayfo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent and was built starting 1767 and completed 1774 to the design of John Wood the Younger. In front of the building there is a long slope of green lawn. The Royal Crescent also includes the Royal Crescent Hotel (number 16) and a museum (number 1) which is operated by the Bath Preservation Trust.

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    The Royal Crescent

    by Badie Written Apr 28, 2003

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    Royal Crescent

    I should have paid more attention to what the tour guide was saying about this place, but at least I remember that this is one of the places that has free admission and it makes a good place to relax and have a sandwich while you enjoy the surrounding scenery....

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    The Royal Cresent

    by Sharon Written Jan 6, 2003

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    A lovely half circule hiyses that built in the 17th century desine and is locaed just by the park where you can have a walk and have some rest (in the sun...yes we were lucky t have a sunny day).
    Just relax and walk around, the streets & the houses are very beautiful and everything around is really relaxing.

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    Royal Crescent

    by uglyscot Updated May 21, 2009

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    One of the places I wanted to see was the Royal Crescent - a sweep of houses in a crescent shape. The buildings are all alike made of the honey coloured stone of the area, but the owners have shown their indivduality in the paintwork.
    Another similar street is the Circus, a street around a central leafy circular area.
    I could picture the young girls stepping out to visit the pump rooms dressed in their finery, and dreaming of meeting a rich , and maybe titled, Mr Right.

    The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 to the design of John Wood the Younger. It forms a semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses arranged around a great Lawn., which runs down the hill below. It provides space, and green where people can relax and take their leisure. The whole design was a new concept in architecture at the time.
    Now many of these elegant homes have been turned into apartments, and some form the Royal Crescent Hotel. No.1 has become a Georgian House museum.

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    The Royal Crescent

    by suvanki Updated Nov 28, 2007

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    The Royal Crescent, Bath

    One of Baths best known landmarks. Considered to be one of the finest European Crescents, and one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK.

    Now a Grade 1 listed building.

    John Wood The Younger was the architect. He built it between 1767 and 1774, and was inspired by Wood Junior and Seniors' interest in occult and masonic symbolism.
    Viewed from the air, the crescent and the nearby (round) Circus, symbolise the sun and moon (soleil-lune).

    The huge curved facade is quite misleading though. It appears to be about 30 houses, all symetrically arranged, with their Ionic columns on the ground floor.
    If viewed from behind the crescent, the illusion is shattered- with varying roof levels, and a mix of decorations and architectural additions.

    Apparently, each resident purchased a certain length of the facade, with their own specifications being carried out by their own architect. So, the appearance of 2 houses from the front, might actually be one building.

    Today, most of these houses are still privately owned (and are highly sought after - with a premium price being paid!!) many have been divided into flats. Some are owned by a housing association.

    Number 1 Royal Crescent, (now a museum, maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust)) was built for his father in law. Although I didn't have time to visit the museum, it apparently represents how wealthy Georgians would have lived.

    The Royal Crescent is one of Baths main attractions, visited daily- either by individual visitors, or tour groups. The road following the Crescent is closed to coaches and buses now - A few years ago, these residents had to endure tour buses passing by their windows and doors with regularity.

    I'd wanted to see this crescent, as for many years, I'd been under the impression that the musical Oliver had been filmed here. Donald, our guide couldn't confirm this (and as he was an expert in Bath, I guess it wasn't)

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    The Royal Crescent - Architecture & Symbolism!

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    30 Georgian style houses lay out The Royal Crescent. Designed by the John Wood the Younger, an architect, and built between 1767 and 1774. The listed exterior hardly has changed as it was when it was first built. Residents still live in The Royal Crescent but there is also a luxury hotel and a museum and some offices.

    The Royal Crescent looks out to Royal Victoria Park. It might suggest John Wood, the Elder, and John Wood, the younger, were interested in spiritism which could have link The Royal Crescent with The Circus nearby. An aerial view of both sites picture a giant circle and crescent which symbolises the sun and the moon (soleil-lune). Also the circus with Gay Street and Queen Square forms a masonic symbol, a key shape, which connects with the architects' profession.

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