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Monday, 30 June 2014
The odd one out
Here's a place you don't see on any ordinary tour of Bath - it is the first proper town house to be built on the 'other side' of the river.
If it were a little closer to the centre, you could say it was on the 'East side' of the river, but because medieval Bath was built in a crook which, if left uninhabited and undrained for a few more thousands of years, would turn into an oxbow lake, the 'other side' here is on a North/South axis.
When this place was built in the 17th century, it was free-standing, but is now sandwiched uncomfortably between a row of later dwellings.
It looks even more uncomfortable, because it has been truncated for Georgeification, as many others on the other, other side were.
Like The Bell Inn (which I believe I may have mentioned here before), those three, upper windows mark the centres of what would have been three gables - the standard design for 17th century town-houses of any importance. That portico would not have been there, either.
I have been inside this house, and the cellars and lower rooms still retain the layout and charm of the original structure. The Georgians put a brave face on everything.