Bath in Bloom restores Pump Room window boxes
For decades, Bath’s famous Pump Room has had floral window boxes. Some time ago it was noticed that the stonework around the windows was damaged and that the combination of water and fertiliser from the window boxes was causing the decay. Unfortunately every window in the Pump Room is a different size and new bespoke boxes would cost £3,000. Thanks to sponsorship and a £500 donation from the Bath in Bloom Committee, the go ahead was given to purchase the new boxes.
A permanent reminder of the Combe Down stone mines
Three plaques set into monoliths of Bath stone have been installed in Firs Field. They stand as a lasting memory that this empty field was once a busy worksite for the stabilisation of the Combe Down stone mines. The worksite has been sown with grass and flowers suitable for a limestone down and this is detailed on one of the plaques - the other two tell the story of the mines and the history of the village.
Tribute to Bath astronomer
Two bronze cast Georgian-style chairs have been installed next to Victoria Bridge at Bath Riverside to commemorate the work of Bath residents William and Caroline Herschel. William was the astronomer credited for the discovery of Uranus in 1781 and Caroline his sister. The chairs are a reference to their habit of sitting outside their house in new King Street studying the skies through home made telescopes.
Restoring historic columns on North Parade Bridge
Four iron lighting columns on North Parade Bridge have been restored through a partnership between Bath and North East Somerset Council, the city’s World Heritage Enhancement Fund, the Bath Preservation Trust and an anonymous donor. Built in 1836, the historic columns are now illuminated for the first time since the 1970’s.
Steam crane restored
The Western Riverside development is built on the old Stothert and Pitt crane makers’ site. This crane is one of the last remaining rail mounted self propelled steam cranes built on this site in 1904. Behind the restoration project is Cllr Bryan Chalker, Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust, The Museum of Bath at Work and Bath and North East Somerset Council.