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The Assembly Room Cheltenham

The Assembly Room Cheltenham

Engraver: Merke, H.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 66a6

Length: 18.9

Width: 26.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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The only known view of The Assembly Rooms at Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. The Assembly Rooms were built in 1810 as part of the development of Cheltenham into a fashionable spa resort. Visitors to Cheltenham could attend balls, assemblies and concerts here. However this building was replaced in 1819. This print shows the streets are paved and have oil street lamps. Since 1786 Paving Commissioners had existed in Cheltenham with powers to pave, clean and light the streets. Outside the Assembly Room is a sedan chair, which is parked on the pavement in contravention of Commissioner's bye-laws!

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