The City of Bath is a favourite destination for tourists and visitors with an appreciation of history and culture. Bath was a major spa town during the Georgian Era, featuring heavily in Jane Austen’s famous novels ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’.
Anyone who wants to relive the elegance of the Georgian era can do so within this beautiful, historical city. Bath is a beautiful example of Georgian era architecture with many of the protected structures converted from homes to hotels and restaurants. The Bailbrook Lodge for example, is a Georgian Grade II listed country house built in 1811, making it more than 200 years old.
The city is full of these classic buildings, allowing you to travel back in time to Georgian era England.
The Namesake of the Georgian Era
The Georgian era is an important period of English history, marked by great cultural and industrial change.
The Georgian era spanned from 1714 to 1830, marked by the rule of the four Hanoverian kings; George I, George II, George III, and George IV. Cities grew and trade became more widespread, despite a period of continual warfare.
Arts and Architecture
The Georgian era was not just a time of war. It was also a great time for the arts, with the birth of famous writers including Jane Austen, Henry Fielding and Mary Shelley. Famous painters like Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds also displayed their prowess with the brush. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 1800s.
Architecture flourished, with Georgian buildings designed on the Gothic Revival and Palladian styles, the most famous of which is The Royal Crescent, designed by John Wood the Younger.
The City of Bath has a rich history dating back to 60AD when the Romans named the city Aquae Sulis. But the Georgians made Bath what it is today — a jewel of England’s history. What better way to enjoy Georgian ingenuity and artistry than a wander through its cobbled streets?