John Wood the Elder had a vision: to create buildings with all the grandeur of Palladian palaces but all the convenience of a ... More
John Wood the Elder had a vision: to create buildings with all the grandeur of Palladian palaces but all the convenience of a row of private houses. He planned the Parades, Queen Square and The Circus as speculative ventures to be let or sold, and at various times The Circus was home to such luminaries as William Pitt, Thomas Gainsborough and William Gladstone. The Circus was designed by Wood in 1754, and looks rather like a Roman amphitheatre turned inside out, its three tiers embellished with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. It was Wood's enthusiasm for the Palladian revival that was responsible for the particular unity of style that characterizes Bath to this day. And it was Ralph Allen whose generosity translated Wood's architectural dreams into the squares and crescents of this gracious city.
John Wood the Younger's masterpiece, often called the 'finest crescent in Europe' was built between 1767 and 1775, and has
housed many famous residents including the Prince of Wales and Duke of York, first and second sons of George ...
This can be found on the east side of the Weir in Beazer Gardens. The paving stone maze is a
favourite with younger children who play for hours trying to find the centre. The garden itself is named after ...
The notable feature here is the colonnade built in 1789 as a covered link between the main Pump Room and
Roman Baths , and the Cross Bath, which is fed by one of the city's hot springs. In the ...
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