Synopsis: A good deal of research has been carried out on the Gaol in Bathwick which was Bath's city gaol from 1772 to 1842. This talk focuses on its replacement, sometimes known as Twerton Gaol, a prison built on the new principles of gaol design prevalent in the Victorian era.
Synopsis: Due to Mike Chapman being unable to give the February lecture this is different to that previously advertised. Thomas Tompion (1639–1713) was an English clockmaker, watchmaker and mechanician who is still regarded to this day as the "Father of English Clockmaking". One of his clocks has stood in Bath’s Pump Room since 1709.
Synopsis: The study uses the author’s record of over three hundred and fifty signed marble monuments erected in Bath churches over two centuries. The signatures are keys to information sources from which this specialist aspect of the masonry trade in Bath can be described and explored. From small beginnings in the early eighteenth century the trade rapidly developed and reached its peak during the first half of the nineteenth century before declining and almost disappearing by 1900. The reasons for the growth and decline are considered, the craftsmen and their workshops are identified, the factors influencing the success or failure of their businesses are examined and the national and international reach of leading Bath masons‘ work is noted.