Somerset Place Bath
...a beautiful Georgian Crescent but only numbers 5 to 20 were ever built.
A continuation of the Georgian architecture of the fabulous city of Bath sitting at the western end of Lansdown Crescent and Lansdown Place West.
Designed by the architect John Eveleigh Somerset Place was started in 1790 but not finished until the 1820’s. During the build John Eveleigh was declared bankrupt probably as a result of the financial crash caused by the Napoleonic wars. For this reason buildings 1 to 4 were never built and Somerset Place remains numbered 5 to 20.
During World War II following German bomber raids, numbers 5, 6 and 7 were destroyed or pulled down for safety reasons, numbers 10 to 13 had only the front facade still standing and 8, 9 and 14 were damaged but repairable. After the war 5 to 7 and 10 to 13 were rebuilt as part of a training college and later as part of Bath Spa University so although the front facade remains as a complete terrace the internal construction and back elevations hide varying styles and designs.
Future Heritage have now purchased the buildings to return them to residential use.
Other attractions in the area:
Jane Austen Centre
Victoria Art Gallery
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015