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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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  • narrow as the above, but not as bad great shopping area, busy street, went n a saturday, so lots of kids and groups about,its by te grand canal and gardens so if your there its worh going to he garden...  more »
  • The widest street in bath with a beautiful Jane Austen vibe. It's a nice street to walk down in the Spring or Summer, it's a little chilly in the winter.  more »
  • Look up and down on this street. Amazing buildings with two story basements. Check out the hotel at 9 Great Pulteney Street!  more »
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  • We had our works Christmas meal at No.15 and it was genuinely great. The decor is amazing and unique, the food was very very good and the cocktails....well you need to see them being made and try them but they were amazing. It's a new hotel in Bath and I would go now before word spreads about how nice it is. We wish it every success and I will happily recommend it to everyone.
  • it was a lovely hotel. Had unique decor, nice rooms, fantastic staff the food was lovely but it was a little overpriced. scrambled egg on toast with salmon and avocado was 30 pounds!
  • Had a really lovely vegetarian meal here last week - it was absolutely delicious. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming and the cocktails were stunning. A perfect experience all round. Would definitely recommend.
  • Ignored by the reception staff we eventually moved to the restaurant. Food OK, weird salad. As far as I could tell No.15 was just opening after refurbishment. I had been told that it run by the people from the Allium. If true I can't understand why service so good there but so poor here. Maybe I will put it down to bring newly open, but in my experience that is when hotels try hardest.
  • Very nice hotel, and good facilities for a meeting.