News Notes No.
Chairman's Notes – News Notes Winter 2005
Welcome to this first edition of the Newsletter
to be published in cyberspace. We shall continue
to publish in paper form for more traditional
readers, alias technophobes, but we feel that
this, combined with the launch of our website
(www.royalcrescentbath.com), is a major leap
forward into the 21st century.
To mark our arrival on the internet stage a
reception was held at the Royal Crescent Hotel
in September. This attracted a good attendance,
including the Deputy Mayor of Bath, Cllr Mrs
and our Ward and other Councillors. The
opportunity was taken to announce the news that
B&NES had appointed a Design Consultant for the
Restoration project and expected the Restoration
of both the Railings and Ha-ha to be completed
by the end of 2006, which was well received.
Since then, news of progress in agreeing
specifications with English Heritage and setting
a timetable for the various steps leading up to
the commencement of the works has been hard to
elicit from B&NES. They have this week
re-confirmed the end of 2006 for completion and
English Heritage have declared that a solution
to the Lawnside Pavement problem must be
An important step forward in rectifying John
Wood’s omission to make satisfactory
arrangements for maintenance of the Lawn and its
boundaries was made when a meeting of
freeholders was held at the Hotel. This endorsed
the plan outlined in the Spring Newsletter (no.
56) and agreed at the RCS AGM in April, and it
seems that a majority, if not all freeholders will
participate. This will simplify the task of
collecting sufficient funds to maintain the Lawn
to an appropriate standard, ensure that those
who benefit pay towards its upkeep, and put
arrangements for Lawn maintenance on a sounder
footing than hitherto.
When new proposals were published in August for
parking regulations in the Central Zone, many
residents were alarmed to see that they included
all-day midweek parking on the Lawn side of the
Crescent. With the memory of the improvement in
appearance of the Crescent when cars were
removed on the occasion of the Three Tenors
Concert in 2003, the prospect of the Crescent
being used as a car park, and the newly restored
railings being largely obscured from view, was
RCS Committee, mindful of the dilemma between
wishing to see sufficient parking space for
residents and its duty to safeguard the
appearance of the Crescent, sought a compromise
which would preserve the vista and still provide
enough parking space. We are grateful to B&NES
for recognising the argument for treating the
Crescent as a special case and reducing the
amount of space allocated for pay & display
parking while keeping the proposals for
Those who thought that the Royal Crescent was an
automatic choice to replace Mayfair on the Bath
Monopoly board were taken aback to discover that
the Roman Baths had been placed in that prime
position, relegating the Crescent to the
equivalent of Park Lane, valued at a mere £350!
At least it’s still well away from the Parking
Stephen Little Chairman, Royal Crescent
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Members without internet
access can request copies of the articles from:
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Alternately there is a
full copy of all the site available to be
borrowed on request.
Read about that ever
present Crescent person?
Read about the lady who
has written literally hundreds of children's
Read about the lady with
her own Grotto on the crescent. more...
Look at the cats parade in Kitty Korner.
You can now read about the proposed parking solution for
the Crescent, view the latest correspondence,
press coverage and
forward us your views...NEW
Read the latest update on the restoration
Read the latest on the Julian Road Scheme...NEW
Under Council matters you can also link on
to their planning site, enter street name Royal Crescent and
view all applications and their status against
about recent sunny
events and the successful launch of
www.royalcrescentbath.com, plus details
about the Xmas festive dinner
Read previous printed newsletters and news notes now available online (we still need 1 to
12 if anyone has them). Coming soon copies of
AGMs and Committee minutes.
You can now recognise those committee members
who work on our behalf, as their photographs are
Remember, all contributions, letters,
photographs etc. are welcome.
Non Members Area
Royal Crescent Society:
about the Society's achievements; victory over
the Topless Talking Buses (from a full copy of
the Society's transport report of 1985, through
to the final victory in 1999), rooftop aerials,
civic-wide resident groups, parking
charges, relaying the pavement.
News and Events:
Royal Crescent has been voted one of the
country's top ten archetetural icons in a recent
poll by Channel Four. It will feature in the
Programme "The Architeture Programme" presented
by Kevin McCloud of "Grand Design" fame.
the detailed archive of the those three operatic
concerts and see some wonderful photos of the
Picture Gallery and References:
at historic illustrations, photographs of both
the Crescent and some interiors of the houses
from 1773 to the 1970s
our new Filmography and link to a full page on
Northanger Abbey and some wonderful photographs
of its filming.
our new Bibliography and of many new and rare
books featuring the Crescent.
Crescent History has been significantly
developed with much new material including:
eleven archive articles under Society archive
biographies of past famous residents (many under
kind permission of Redcliffe Press) and others
from our archive, plus the 1891 census
history; Georgian Times has been updated by Mike
Daw and Bath Magazine has kindly given
permission for us to reprint one of their latest
archive articles on John Wood
a fascinating article written by the Crescent's
own George Saintsbury on "Bath in Literature"
about what to see in and around Bath and link to
individual sites for more information
about a special Bath game for all...
about what's on in Bath
need your contributions, letters and pictures to
make this a true community site for all.
Register now either online
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alerts when the site gets updated.
you wish to get physical copies of the pages
please request this and we will be happy to
supply. There is also a Master Copy of the whole
site that is available to be lent on request.
Your Editorial Team
Martyn and Annie
28A Royal Crescent, BA1