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Bath, The Abbey And South Parade

Bath, The Abbey And South Parade

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15546

Item number: f.92

Length: 18.8

Width: 27.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A south view of Bath Abbey in Somerset, with the South Parade and part of the city. The Grand Parade (North and South) was planned as an extension to the City, on a marshy plot of land leading down to the banks of the River Avon. After the site was drained, work was started on the houses along the parade in March 1740. The Palladian scheme for the Parade and Pierrepont and Duke Streets was designed by James Wood the Elder. Abbey Church, Bath was founded in 1499 by Oliver King, Bishop of Bath. His masons were Robert and William Vertue who were also the King's masons. Bath Abbey is one of the few great late Perpendicular medieval churches to be built in their original design without being later altered.

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