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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Gareth L. Powell
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Reading progress update: I've read 96 out of 330 pages.

Bath: Pevsner City Guide - Michael Forsyth

The Cross Bath, Hot Bath and New Royal Bath:

The Cross Bath is a lovely little bath house, slightly off the beaten track and offering seclusion in the centre of the city. One can now bathe there again - but I never have.

The New Royal Bath was a political farce that over-ran its budget by millions, with architect, contractor and the commisioning local council all blaming each other for all the problems. Forsyth rates the building highly but I find the exterior ugly. On the other hand, the photos of the interior and the open air roof pool look great. It's darned expensive to go in there though - but maybe one day. It's probably worth it just for the roof top views.


The Cross Bath (centre), prior to construction of the New Royal Bath


The Assembly Rooms:

Jane Austen danced here! Rebuilt twice last century! Not that you would know unless you are an expert. I attended a scientific conference there last year - what a fabulous place for it. The Fashion Museum is in the basement.


Pulteney Bridge:

A bridge over the river Avon flanked on both sides with shops. It was the first such in Bath but it was built late in the Georgian era and such shopping bridges were already old-fashioned elsewhere. The bridge leads to Laura Place, Great Pulteney Street and the Holborne Museum (originally a hotel), one of the most impressive streets in Bath. At the far end, near the Museum is Sydney Place - the most up-market of Jane Austen's Bath residences.