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QUEEN SQUARE

 

 

 

Queen Square was the first speculative development by the architect John Wood, the Elder, who later lived in a house on the square.

Wood set out to restore Bath to what he believed was its former ancient glory as one of the most important and significant cities in Britain. In 1725 he developed an ambitious plan for his home town:

I began to turn [his] thoughts towards the improvement of the city by building.

Wood's grand plans for Bath were consistently hampered by the Corporation (council), churchmen, landowners and moneymen. Instead he approached Robert Gay, a barber surgeon from London, and the owner of the Barton Farm estate in the Manor of Walcot, outside the city walls. On these fields Wood established Bath’s architectural style, the basic principles of which were copied by all those architects who came after him.

QUEEN SQUARE

 

 

 

Queen Square was the first speculative development by the architect John Wood, the Elder, who later lived in a house on the square.

Wood set out to restore Bath to what he believed was its former ancient glory as one of the most important and significant cities in Britain. In 1725 he developed an ambitious plan for his home town:

I began to turn [his] thoughts towards the improvement of the city by building.

Wood's grand plans for Bath were consistently hampered by the Corporation (council), churchmen, landowners and moneymen. Instead he approached Robert Gay, a barber surgeon from London, and the owner of the Barton Farm estate in the Manor of Walcot, outside the city walls. On these fields Wood established Bath’s architectural style, the basic principles of which were copied by all those architects who came after him.

comments (10)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Nov 2016, 02:55
Quel joli bâtiment, j'aime beaucoup.
Chris: Unfortunately there is traffic around it Martine
It's a handsome old thing, isn't it!
Chris: There are four sides to it, only one shown, but the traffic detracts from the architecture unfortunately
i like the wide angled view on the front of this building, Chris.
Chris: Tank you kindly Ayush
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Nov 2016, 07:07
If Wood had been successful with his original plans, Charlie wouldn't be living where he is today!
Chris: Indeed not Lisl, I wonder what Bath would look like circa 2016?
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Nov 2016, 08:01
Well done to John Wood; sounds like a fine chap who stuck to his principles. It's a fine looking building I especially like his design for the rubbish bins, too. I wonder if the estate agents John D Woods & Co have any connection with him?
Chris: It is unlikely but in this day & age anything is possible..
A handsome terrace and interesting information. I approve also of the gull sign.
Chris: Please place all gulls in the bin provided
It is a grand style and made from the local stone. All good.
Chris: Yes indeed all local materials Mary
A very fine looking building but why the bin in the picture, wearing my judges hat tells me that will not do!
Chris: Oh nooo!! Anyway thank you Brian..
That's a grand frontage! Reminds me somewhat of Wentworth Woodhouse
Chris: Maybe the same architect or one of his contemporaries then Tom?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Nov 2016, 10:29
Clever of you to wait a while until the breeze blew down the leaves, Chris.

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