|The Royal Crescent|
|The fence that hides the "Ha-Ha" trench|
THE ROYAL CRESCENT BUILDING - The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses laid out in a crescent in the city of Bath, England. According to Wikipedia, it was designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a grade I listed building. The Royal Crescent now includes a hotel and museum with some of the houses being converted into flats and offices.
In front of the Royal Crescent is a Ha-ha, a trench on which the inner side of which is vertical and faced with stone, with the outer face sloped and turfed, making the trench, in effect, a sunken fence or retaining wall. The ha-ha is designed not to interrupt the view from Royal Victoria Park, and to be invisible until seen from close by.
VIDEO #1: QUICK TOUR OF THE ROYAL CRESCENT BUILDING FROM OUTSIDE
GHOST AT THE ROYAL CRESCENT? Some people report seeing an elegant coach drawn by four horses come up to the Royal Crescent. According to http://www.articlesbase.com, it's supposedly a residual haunting and the re-enactment of the elopement of Elizabeth Linley of No. 11, with Irish playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The story goes that Captain Thomas Mathews (a married man) also wanted Ms. Lindley and the Captain and Lord Sheridan fought two duels--with swords. Sheridan won her hand in marriage. However, he later cheated on her and she wound up dying of tuberculosis and died at age 38. It's a haunting story in itself. A bronze plaque at number 11 Royal Crescent marks the address from which she eloped.
VIDEO #2: TOM EXPLAINS THE CIRCUS BUILDING
time is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, so we had to stop in this small museum!
Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident, The Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of life during Regency times and explores how living in this magnificent city affected Jane Austen’s life and writing. We found out that Jane Austen actually lived about 5 houses down, so this was not her original home (very disappointing), so we didn't opt for the tour.
Photo here is of Mr. Darcy, the handsome man who gets the girl. :) - Rob's words, not Tom's.
VIDEO #3: QUICK PAN OF THE CIRCUS BUILDING