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Hotwells Ferry

Hotwells Ferry

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f. 189

Length: 183

Width: 262

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Hotwells had been an important crossing place of the River Avon since at least the 12th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, upon discovery of its natural hot springs, it became a fashionable resort. Unfortunately it could not compete with the attractions of Bath, situated only a few miles away, and its popularity among the genteel classes was relatively short-lived.

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