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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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  • Long Georgian street with perfectly maintained buildings. Our hotel was one of them. A delight to walk to the front door and reside there. 
  • A lovely walk between Pulteney Bridge and the Holburn Museum. The road itself is incredibly wide, with large imposing architecture. 
  • So you might walk down here on the way to the Pulteney Bridge or Holburne Museum which are at either end of the road. There isn't that much to do down this road, there are some cafe's and restaurants ...  read more »
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