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Below are but a few of the huge volume of books written over the years about Bath, its architecture, people and the Crescent. Many are rare and out of print but those underlined still available are highlighted with links to Amazon.com.

History, Images and Architecture Title Author ISBN Publisher and Publication  Date
The Royal Crescent Book of Bath James Crawthorne 9781855854987 Collins and Brown 1998

Click to see some of the wonderful photographs from this book by kind permissions of N Meener (all rights reserved)


Kirsten Elliot

Niell Menneer (photographer)


0711222665 Frances Lincon 2004
Bath City on Show Dan Brown

Cathryn Spence

9780752456744 The History Press March 2010
Brown's Bath: The work of Peter Brown Peter Brown 9780955972706 Brown's fine art and literature, Aug 2008
Peter Brown, Paintings of Bath, 2012 Calendar


Peter Brown 9780955972720 Brown's fine art and literature, 2011
The City of Bath Bob Croxford 9780954340988 Atmosphere , Feb 2006
The Pump Room Orchestra Bath: Three Centuries of Music and Social History


Robert and Nicola Hyman 978-0946418749 Hobnob Press Oct 2011

The Georgian Buildings of Bath

Walter Ison 0906230217 (1980 edition)


first published 1948 Faber&Faber

reprinted 1969 Kingsmead Reprints

republished 1996 Bath Preservation Trust


Genius of Bath

Christopher Pound 094897016 Millstream Books, 1986
  Bath Edith Sitwell 0712615075 Faber & Faber 1932, Republished 1987 by Century for the National Trust.
  Architects, Angels, Activists and the City of Bath, 1765 1965 


Cynthia Imogen Hammond  9781409400431 Ashgate, Feb 2012
A Charming Place

Bath in the Life and Times of Jane Austen [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Maggie Lane 0948975148 Millstream Books 1988 reprinted 1993 and 1996

A City of Palaces:

Bath Through the Eyes of Fanny Burney [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Maggie Lane 0948975539 Millstream Books, 1999

Pleasures and People of Bath. (A Folio Miniature)

Kenneth Hudson 0718115880 Michael Joseph 1977
Bath Before Beau Nash, Based on Gilmore's Map of Bath, 1692-94 [Board Book]


Meg Hamilton 978-0906230053 Kingsmead 1978
  Bath Under Beau Nash - And After [Hardcover]


Lewis Melville N/A Eveleigh Nash & Grayson Ltd. (1926)

Georgian Summer: Bath in the Eighteenth Century

David Gadd 239000838 Adams & Dart, (Gay St. Bath)
  Georgian Summer: The rise and Development of Bath David Gadd 0905392604 Countryside Books 1987
Bath. (A Pevsner Architectural Guide) Michael Forsyth 0300101775 Yale University Press (14 Nov 2003)
  The Royal Crescent William Lowndes 09054592 Redcliffe Press 1981

Click, to read about this fascinating book by one of the Societies founders and past Chairman. It tells of the Bath in the swinging seventies, Princess Margaret and of the civic destruction of much of the City's Georgian architecture for "redevelopment and progress".


Edward Goring

Foreword by Jan Morris

0955232104 Hermitage Books

March 06


The City of Bath

Barry Cunliffe 0862993508  

The Eighteenth Century Architecture of Bath

Click to see pictures from this book 

Mowbray A. Green Limited edition (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) George Gregory, Bath 1904

Images of Bath

Click to see some images from this book - all rights reserved by publisher 

James Lees-Milne, David Ford 0906964083(copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) Saint Helena Press, 1982

A Plan for Bath: Report for the Bath and District Joint Planning Committee

Click here to read some of the "plans" 

Sir Patrick Abercrombie (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons 1945
  Shadows and Light: Bath in Camera 1849-1861, Early Rare Photographs Barbara and Michael Gray 1853780138 Midway Press, Bath, 1989
  Building of Bath: An architectural and Social Study Bryan Little (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) Collins 1947
  Bath R.A.L. Smith (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) BT Batsford, 1944
  Bath Portrait: The story of Bath, its life and its buildings Bryan Little (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) Burliegh Press, 1961
The Book of Bath: Written for the 93rd AGM of the BMA, July 1925

Click here to read the article by Crescent resident George Saintsbury from the book 

F.G. Thompson (copy held by Bath Preservation Trust) Ballantyne Press, 1925
Bath Curiosities [Paperback] Michael Raffel 9781841585031 Birlinn, Aug 2006
Bath: A social History 1680-1850 or A Valley of Pleasure, yet a Sink of Iniquity R.S. Neale 071000639X Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981
  Bath as Spa and Bath as Slum: The Social History of a Victorian City [Hardcover]


Graham Davis 9780773437883 Edwin Mellen Press Ltd (Nov 2009)

Traveller's History of Bath


Richard Tames 9781905214655 The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus (13 May 2005)
Images of Bath Bath Chronicle 9781873626955 Breedon Books Publishing Oct 1994
Kegs and Ale: Bath and the Public House


Bath Industrial Heritage Centre 9780948975240 Millstream May 1991
A Landscape History of Bristol & Bath (1817-1919) - LH3-172: Three Historical Ordnance Survey Maps [Folded Map] [Paperback]


  9781847369116 Cassini Publishing July 2011
  Bath History Volume 1 Mick Aston, Mike Hunt 9780862992941 Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd (1986)
Bath History Volume 2 Trevor Fawcett 9780862995089 Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (26 May 1988)
  Bath History Volume 3 Trevor Fawcett 9780862997717 Sutton Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (May 1990)
  Bath History Volume 4 Trevor Fawcett 9780948975295 Millstream Books (Apr 1992)
  Bath History Volume 5 Trevor Fawcett 9780948975370 Millstream Books (Mar 1994)
  Bath History Volume 6 Brenda J Buchanan 9780948975424 Millstream Books (Sept 1996)
  Bath History Volume 7 Brenda J Buchanan 9780948975516 Millstream Books (Jan 1999)
  Bath History Volume 8 Brenda J Buchanan 9780948975615 Millstream Books (30 Nov 2000)
Bath History Volume 9 Brenda J Buchanan 9780948975653 Millstream Books; 1st edition (3 Dec 2002)
  Bath History Volume 10 Frank Thorn , John Wroughton , R. Angus Buchanan , Brenda J. Buchanan   9780948975745 Millstream Books; 1st edition (Nov 2005)
  Bath: History and Guide (History & guide series) [Paperback]


Trevor Fawcett , Stephen Bird 9780750904254 Sutton Publishing Ltd (April 1994)
Bath History Volume 12      
Stories of Bath: A Selective History in Eleven Episodes


Diana White 9780948975776 Millstream Books; 1st edition (Aug 2006)
  The King of Bath: or Life at a Spa in the 18th Century, Volume II [Paperback]


Hibbert Ware 9780559003493 BiblioBazaar (21 Aug 2008)
Archaeology in Bath: Excavations at the New Royal Baths (the Spa) and Bellott's Hospital 1998-1999 (Oxford Archaeology Monograph) [Paperback]


Peter Davenport , Cynthia Poole , David Jordan  


9780904220452 Oxford Archaeology (27 Mar 2007)
Bath Spa Railway Station


Evander Luther 9786136555676 Betascript Publishing (11 Aug 2011)
War Title Author ISBN Publisher and Publication  Date
Bath at War 1939 - 1945 Jonathan Falconer 9780750919951 Sutton Publishing 25 march 1999
Bath at War The Home Front 1939 - 1945 Jonathan Falconer 9780750926720 Sutton Publishing Oct 2001
The Bath Blitz

(New Edition - with two extra chapters including one on the IRA bomb exploded in Bath in 1974)

Martin Wainwright 9780955055201 M Wainwright, 1981
The Bombing of Bath: German air raids of 1942 Naill Rothnie 9780906798300 Ashgrove, Nov 1983
The Bombing of Bath Naill Rothnie 9780956440518 Folly Books Mar 2010
The Bombardment of Bath Various Anon N/A The Bath and Wilts Chronicle and Herald (1942)
Bath Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service 1891 to 1974: an Illustrated History  Dennis Hill 9780948975691 Mainstream Nov 2003
People Title Author ISBN Publisher and Publication Date

Richard Beau Nash was the right man, in the right place, at the right time and the city of Bath with its grandiose Georgian architecture owes much to him. Little is known about this son of a Welsh glassmaker's early life. He went to Oxford, albeit for one year, then to the Inns of Court in London and he once stood at the west door of York Minster wearing only a blanket to win a wager of 50 guineas. In 1705, at the age of 30, he arrived in Bath. The city was a spa town competing with the likes Tunbridge but some 40 years later, he had help create and forge the city we all know. His self confidence enabled him to create himself as the "King of Bath", "Master of Ceremonies", "Regulator of the Diversions and Moderator of Disputes of Play"and "Overseer of the Marriage Market". He created the social rules, the dress code, controlled the music, dancing, entertainment and subscriptions that all visitors paid. He also had a strong influence in the boom in gambling and high stakes won and lost at cards. Elgin reveals how during this short period the city exploded in every dimension; social and political battles that transformed it, the 3,000 turnspit dogs who helped keep it fed and the characters who together with Nash created Georgian Bath; the Assembly Rooms, Pump Rooms, the Parades, Queen's Square and King's Circus, and gives us a fascinating insight into a man who rewrote his own history to fit the facts. 300 pages with many black and white illustrations and 50 pages of references.

John Eglin 1861973020 Profile Books



They Came to Bath

Click to read of some of the Crescent characters from this book - by kind permissions from Redcliffe Press (all rights reserved)


William Lowndes 090545944X Redcliffe Press 1982
The Architect's Tale William Bertram 9781906593247 Redcliffe Press Ltd; First Edition edition (12 Mar 2009)
  Known at this Address Lesley Flash 0901303151 Bath City Council 1982
Suffragettes in Bath Dan Brown

Cynthia Hammond

The Life of Richard Nash: Late Master of the Ceremonies at Bath, Extracted Principally from His Original Papers (1762) [Paperback]


Richard Nash

Oliver Goldsmith

9781165098576 Kessinger Publishing 2010
Beau Nash, Or, Bath in the Eighteenth Century


William H Ainsworth 978-1176058743 Unknown Aug 2011

Jessica Godwin's indomitable spirit has ensured that she has lived every moment of her 100 years to the full. Her faultless memory takes the reader back with her over ten decades. She remained in a Home for the Fatherless until she was eight years old, then was allowed back into her own home because her mother had remarried. She survived bombing in two world wars, and worked, among other jobs, as a lady's companion, a tractor driver in the Land Army, and the director of a 'home for gentle ladies'! When she was 96, she flew to Canada, 'popped over to Australia' to visit a friend she had not seen for 40 years, and finally moved to Bath, where she lives next door to the house Jane Austen once occupied. Her book is a delight to read - not to mention being a first-hand historical record of a century.


Guides Title Author ISBN Publisher and Publication Date
Bath (Pitkin City Guides) Annie Bullen 9781841652009 Oitkin April 2007
Country Walks Around Bath Tim Mowl 9780948975165 Millstream Books; 3rd Revised edition (1998)
A History of Bath: Image and Reality Graham Davis

Penny Bonsell

9781859361122 Carnegie Press June 2006
The Naked Guide to Bath Gideon Dean Kibblewhite and Richard Jones 9780954417703 Naked Guides June 2005
City Trail by Way of Walcot: Bath City Trai P Creswell 9781871004953
Bath Gyratory: Stone and Spa Walk [Paperback]


Brab Drumond 9780956290007 self published
Bath Gyratory 3 Bridges Walk 


Brab Drumond 9780956290014 self published
  Garden Walks Near Bath


Tim Mowl 9780948975547


Millstream Books
Itchy Bath: A City and Entertainment Guide to Bath (Insiders Guide) 10th Birthday Edition (The Insider's Guide) [Paperback]



Mike Toller 9781905705283 Itchy Group; New Ed edition (2010)
City Of Bath: Official Guide Book 1968 [Paperback]


  9780901303004 Bath City Council (Spa Committee) (1968)
Bath: More Than a Guide (Jarrold City Guides) (City Break Guides) [Paperback


Annie Bullen 9780711726451 Pitkin Publishing (1 Jan 2004)
The Reverend Dr Thomas Sedgwick Whalley and the Queen of Bath: A True Story of Georgian England at the Time of Jane Austen


Chris Stephens 9780992860769 Candy Jar Books 2014
City of Bath Official Guide Book 1972 [Paperback]


J Nunn   Spa Committee of Bath City Council (1972)

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