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Great Pulteney Street, Bath

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Great Pulteney Street is a grand thoroughfare that connects Bathwick on the east of the River Avon with the City of Bath, England via the Robert Adam designed Pulteney Bridge. Viewed from the city side of the bridge the road leads directly to the Holburne Museum of Art that was originally the Sydney Hotel where tea rooms, card rooms, a concert room and a ballroom were installed for the amusement of Bath's many visitors.HistoryCommissioned by Sir William Pulteney, it was designed by the architect Thomas Baldwin and completed in 1789. The Corporation of Bath wanted to expand the boundaries of the City, and Sir William's estate was conveniently situated just over the other side of the River Avon.At over 1000ft long and 100ft wide, the road itself is the widest and the grandest in Bath. However, the architect, Baldwin, designed only the façades of buildings. A variety of owners acquired plots of land along the new street and built the actual structures behind the façades, so that while the street has a visual unity, the buildings have different internal features, some having been designed as private houses and others as hotels.It was foreseen that, along with the access provided by Pulteney Bridge, the eastern side of the Avon would become popular with speculators and developers. This appears not to have been the case, and in the event no further developments were made on this scale. Indeed, one of the side streets off Great Pulteney Street, called Sunderland Street, is the shortest street in the city, with only one address. After 1789, the financial climate did not encourage further building, as the Panic of 1797, related to a period of deflation between 1793 and 1800, was followed by the Napoleonic Wars, which saw the Depression of 1807. Bath was also affected by a serious flood in 1809, which would have inundated the basements in Great Pulteney Street as well as the surrounding fields.
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  • We stayed in Johnston street, just off this major beautiful street. It is so easy to imagine the ladies and gentlemen of the Regency era parading along this street. Interesting to look up and compare ...  more »
  • Stayed in a hotel in this street and found it an excellent location which was close to all the sights in Bath,very clean and tidy and easy to find on satnav  more »
  • To visit Bath has a lot of up-and-down. Full of hills, need very breath to enjoy the architecture of the Roman domination.
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  • A stylish hotel with clean and comfortable rooms. The small details are what make staying here a brilliant experience.Exceptional service with fantastic front of house staff who are very friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was perfect. In our opinion most hotels in a similar price bracket have a lot to learn from No.15.
  • Location: perfect for a visit of Bath. Style: artistic collectors house, really stylish, modern, clean. Food: very good breakfast, beautiful Bar. Staff: AA+ Room: luxurious, huge shower.
  • Awesome decor, beautiful interiors, delicious food and very friendly service, only negative: very loud if you choose a room to the front
  • Perfect environment for a company event. Good internet connection, great service, nice rooms, perfect location. What not to like?
  • Lovely boutique hotel. Great decor and art throughout. Bar is cool and cocktails unique. Highly recommend.

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