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|Letter 19: 13 Queens Square.
Written by JulieW
(11/27/2006 8:49 a.m.)
Below is a picture of the side of Queen's Square where number 13 is situated: it is at the far end of the terrace to the right.
Queens Square was one of the first parts of Bath to be developed in the early 18th century by the architect, John Wood. It took seven years to complete and was the first stage in the creation of the Upper Town of Bath( see the picture in the "I am for Bath" post below, for more detail;-)...)
Walter Ison in his magnficently detailed book The Georgian Buildings of Bath writes about the development:
To meet the varying requirements of his prospective tennants, Wood devised houses of different size and degress confroming to six definate standards which he classified as first -rate to sixth-rate buildings, in that ascending order of magnificence.
His methods of financing construction were sound and simple.
Having first designed the elevations he sub-leased sites for the building of houses to builders or building-tradesmen, giving them full liberty to plan the interiors to suit their prospective customers ,but demanding strict adhrence to his exterior design.
So great was the demand for accommodation that the builders had little difficulty in obtaining agreements for long tenancies, which their bankers accepted as security against advances of money.
Here is a picture of number 13 Queens square,as it appears now, (with,IMO, awful plate glass windows.):
and here is a close-up of the front door;
The Austen family's arrival in Bath was noted in the Bath Chronicle for Thursday 23rd May , 1799. A "Mr and Mrs Austin"(sic) were noted among the new arrivals to the city.Poor JA did not get a mention...;-)
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