The New Rooms at Bath
Engraver: Gandon, J
The New or Upper Assembly Rooms were built to a design by John Wood the Younger, after a more expensive plan by Robert Adam had been rejected. As the new and fashionable Upper Town had grown in the mid-18th century, the 1708 assembly rooms (also known as the Lower Rooms) were regarded as insufficient. The New Assembly Rooms contained a large tea room, an elegant ballroom and an octagonal card room. It became the hub of social life in Georgian Bath.