Visitors are welcome at the meetings, for which a small donation of £2 is suggested.

There will be an allocation of 15 minutes at the beginning of each meeting for "notes and queries" from members. The objective is to allow members to do the following:
  • Give a brief discourse on an item of research that they feel could be of interest to members but which doesn't merit a full talk. The maximum length of each contribution will be 5 minutes.
  • Allow members to pose queries that would help them with their research and where members may be able to contribute.

Programme

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Title: Recording Bath's Cemeteries

Venue: St. Mary's Church Hall, Bathwick

Speaker: Philip Bendall

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.

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Title: History of Cross Manufacturing

Venue: St. Mary's Church Hall, Bathwick

Speaker: Rodney Cross

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Title: The Vineyards - Development of a Georgian Terrace

Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Bathwick

Speaker: Patrick Rotheram

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.

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Title: The raised pavement and vaults in the Vinyards

Venue: St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall

Speaker: Rhys Brookes

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.

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Title: John Wood: Who was he? New research about his origins

Venue: St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall

Speaker: David Crellin

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Title: The Development of Oldfield Park, Bath's 'New' Industrial Dormitory

Venue: St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall

Speaker: Richard Williams

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?'

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Title: AGM Followed by: Leopold Buildings, Hedgemead - A Survivor

Venue: St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall

Speaker: Nigel Pollard

Synopsis: 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.

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Title: St Swithin's Church

Venue: St Swithin's Church, Walcot

Speaker: Henry Brown

Synopsis: Tour of the newly cleaned monuments. An opportunity for members contributing biographies of some of those people memorialised.

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Title: Royal Mineral Water Hospital

Venue: Mineral Water Hospital

Speaker: Roger Rolls

Synopsis: Last chance to see the pictures and Board room artifacts before the Mineral Water Hospital closes.