may not know about the Royal Crescent...
- In 1766 John Wood the Younger took a
lease on land from Sir Benet Garrard to
build "good stone messuages in a
workmanlike manner". Building began
in 1767 and all the houses were occupied
- There are 30 houses in a crescent 538
- The facade is decorated with 114 giant
order Ionic columns, i.e. the columns
extend over two floors.
- The columns are 2' 6" in diameter and
22' 6" high
- From pavement to parapet the building is
47 feet high, or 5 feet higher than the
- The original roof was stone.
- Today eight houses are each occupied by
one "family" (though two of those make one
- There were plans in 1945 to turn it into
- It took 18 years to get the tourist
buses and coaches banned from the Crescent
- At the peak over 600 buses and coaches a
week were logged using the Crescent between
8am and 8pm and the greatest number in one
hour being 25
- In addition to normal traffic load,
approximately 9,000 tons of coach traffic
was using the Crescent per week before the
- During the war and up to 1956 the lawn was a "cabbage plot"
with 72 allotments.
Bath is one of only 812 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the
Read About the Restoration and Expansion Programme at Number 1
Click to read general information on Number One, its history, see a
virtual tor and find out about opening times..
If you want something special this Christmas
why not settle down with the family and play
Monopoly but not just any old Monopoly but one
based on Bath!
London famous landmarks have been replaced by
Bath's own famous landmarks in this special
edition. The top slot of Mayfair has been taken
by the world renowned Roman Baths, with a price
tag of £400, Number 1 Royal Crescent has taken
the Park Lane square, which is the second most
expensive at £350;
The bottom priced square, Old Kent Road, has
gone to Sydney Gardens at £60. Other Bath
landmarks that feature on the board include the
Guildhall, Green Park Station, Bath Abbey,
Design Central on Widcombe Parade, Duke's Hotel,
The Circus, Bath Spa station, the Theatre Royal,
Abbey Ales, Eric Snook's The Golden Cot and The
Holburne Museum. The Assembly Rooms, Victoria
Art Gallery, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Rugby Club,
Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, Bath City
Football Club, Bath Tourism Centre, Beckford's
Tower, Sally Lunn's, Kennet and Avon Canal and
Royal Victoria Park also feature.
Crescent Greets All
Everyone flying into Britainís largest
airport at Heathrow will be greeted by a poster featuring a
picture of the Royal Crescent. National tourisms
agency Visit Britain and airport operator BAA
are running a campaign to promote all areas of
the country to international visitors from
around the world.
The images were commissioned by Visit Britain
and are being displayed along the Terminal 1
arrivals route which is used by 67 million
customers a year. It is hoped that the rich
diversity of culture, natural and built
landscapes will help drive tourists to visit
more than just London and point them towards
destinations such as Bath and the Royal
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