Synopsis: An illustrated talk on the reasons for recording Bath’s cemeteries, other initiatives in the past and the approach that has been taken in the 10-year project to develop a searchable index encompassing over 50 graveyards/cemeteries. Also covered is the 19th century crisis in Bath’s graveyards and the emergence of ward-based cemeteries and the information that arises from the records and the surveys.
Synopsis: Vineyards is a varied terrace of Georgian houses close to the centre of Bath that was developed by Thomas Omer and Thomas Jelly in the 1750s. This talk discusses the history of the site, the process by which the houses came to be built, and their uses.
Synopsis: Rhys Brookes is a Conservation Architect who in recent years has become increasingly interested in the bits of architecture that string our cities together but are often overlooked, the vaults, street surfaces, pavements, railings and lighting. In this lecture, using a mixture of case studies he will attempt to explain the nature of their construction and history of development alongside the problems that we now face in their maintenance. Whilst there are some horror stories there is also hope.
Synopsis: In the 18th Century the city of Bath left the crowded confines of its medieval walls. In the latter half of the 19th Century it spread out yet further into the surrounding countryside, adding its first true suburbs. One of these suburbs became known as 'Oldfield Park'. This talk explores the early development of this suburb and the occupations of the people that first called it their home. It asks the question, 'Why did Bath experience substantial suburban expansion at this time?'
LEOPOLD BUILDINGS is a small terrace of Victorian artisan dwelling built on the slopes of ‘Edgemead, below Camden Crescent.
The talk will start with the early history of the area before detailing the various building phases of the terrace between the 1850’s, 60’s and 70’s and the four main players that brought it about.
Note will also be given to the Hedgemead landslips of the 1880’s together with its near demise in the 1960’s and 70’s – to its Grade 2 listing in 2011 and the ‘relative’ calm of today.