Friday, January 28, 2011

Bath, England

A UNESCO card received in the Surprise me RR...one of my favourites!


The building on the card looks pretty impressive....this is the Royal Crescent in Bath, which is a residential road of 30 houses. It was built by John Wood the Younger in 1767-75. Each house is the same at the front but differing at the rear, as each purchaser bought a length of the facade and got their own architect to build the house to their own specifications.
Number 1 Royal Crescent is a museum while numbers 15 and 16 are a hotel.

In front of the Royal Crescent is a Ha-ha, a trench on which the inner side of which is vertical and faced with stone, with the outer face sloped and turfed, making the trench, in effect, a sunken fence or retaining wall. The ha-ha is designed not to interrupt the view from Royal Victoria Park, and to be invisible until seen from close by. It is not known whether it was contemporary with the building of the Royal Crescent, however it is known that when it was first built it was deeper than it is at present.

A very interesting place I must say and im glad to have a postcard from there....though I had to check several images to know Ive gotten it right what ha-ha actually is.



The stamp is a Christmas one from a set of 7 issued in 2010

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