Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 30 April 2017
My eye was caught by this print of a massive late Georgian building in Bath yesterday in the market, and I read the inscription calling it 'Partis College'. I wondered if it was an architect's impression for a college which was never built, because in all the years I have been in Bath, I had never heard of it, let alone seen it.
From the position of Beckford's Tower on the skyline of the print, I knew exactly where it should be, but - like I said - I have never seen it.
I looked it up last night and discovered that it was built between 1825 - 1827 as almshouses exclusively for women. The amazing thing is that it still exists and is still a large almshouse - and still exclusively for women (see below).
I know that parts of Hampton Court Palace has - or had before burning down - a wing for an all-female almshouse, but the rooms were for well to do ladies who had fallen on hard times and whose plights had been brought to the attention of the Queen. I had no idea of the existence of Partis College!