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Bath is one of the world's great cities and its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site confirms that its architectural beauty is amongst the very best. 


The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 to the design of John Wood the Younger, and forms a semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses arranged around a great Lawn. The famous travel writer Jan Morris once wrote about it, "It lies there in a shallow arc, its wide Lawns running away beyond the Ha-ha down the hill below, and all is suddenly space, and green, and leisure. The Crescent is architecture on a truly palatial scale and reminds many people of Versailles". (Introduction to Bath: An Architectural Guide, by Charles Robertson, 1975). Well-known architectural writer Nikolas Pevsner wrote, “the conception of an open composition was something new in town-planning, and something very English, although the idea came perhaps from Prior Park, that is the villas of Palladio. It was here applied for the first time to a terrace of houses, and moreover the shape of the Crescent was here employed for the first time.” North Somerset and Bristol, Buildings of England series, 1958).


This site was created by residents to promote and share the rich heritage of the Crescent and provide useful information about not just its history but life on the Crescent today. The site owes much to the rich heritage of the Royal Crescent Society and its archive and also willingness to share information about it significant achievements since its formation in 1973. The site also shares the achievements of the Crescent Lawn Company in its restoration of the railings and Ha ha. No visit to the Crescent would be complete without the unique insight to Georgian life and culture offered by Bath Preservation Trust and the museum at No. 1.


We welcome all contributions and comments to enable us to maintain this rich tapestry of heritage.






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