Tour Locations | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
LOCATION 11 | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
Quiet Street junction
Let’s stop here a moment, near the bottom of Milsom Street and just before the junction with Quiet Street, and also opposite the end of Green Street. If you look down the narrow length of Green Street, notice at the far end, the tall spire of a Gothic Revival church called St Michael’s Without, built in Victorian times.
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Now, if you turnaround a little more, facing the street you have just walked through, you will see a building at the end of Old Barton Street, which has a statue of a little cherub, about half way up the building and this dates from around 1685. Also, at the top of the building, is a brightly coloured coat of arms, which dates from around the mid-1700s. It shows the lion and fictional unicorn, supporting the crest of the King Georges'. These are the monarchs from Hanover in Germany which we invited in after the death of Queen Ann in 1714, to ensure continuation of a non-catholic royal family, even though they could not speak English, but at least they were related! It was during this time of the King Georges' that Bath expanded and this is why you are walking around what became known as a Georgian city, simply because King George 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th reigned until 1830.
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Please turn around and with your back to the Coat of Arms, walk a few steps towards Milsom Street, before you carefully cross over the narrow Quiet Street, which, by the way, got its name because the leading architect at Bath in the early 1700’s - a man called John Wood the Elder, was constantly being asked to keep ‘quiet’ at the planning application meetings for new building developments here in Bath, but more on him and his son, also called John later!
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As you walk, notice this beautiful street is made up of high end stores and restaurants, and is one of the most fashionable streets to shop in. I’ll see you again about half way up the street.