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North-east view of improvements for the Lower Town of the City of Bath

North-east view of improvements for the Lower Town of the City of Bath

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXVII

Item number: 26 n

Length: 56.5-00-00 00:00:00

Width: 26

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

The Georgian redevelopment of Bath originally centred on the Upper Town, with crescents and terraced housing spreading up the hillside. The Lower Town, the original centre of Bath, had to wait until the Bath Improvement Act of 1789 allowed for greater redevelopment within the medieval city walls. Travelogue author Celia Fiennes visited Bath in 1687, and commented: "the [old] town lyes low in a bottom and its steep ascents all ways out of town; the houses are indifferent, the streetes of a good size well pitched; there are severall good houses built for Lodgings that are new and adorned and good furniture."

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