Norfolk Crescent 2431

Bath, England, Bath and North East Somerset

Brief Description

Norfolk Crescent is a communal garden for a crescent built around 1790 to the early-19th century. The area in front of the crescent was originally a formal garden but by 1848 an informal layout was in place.

Visitor Facilities

This is an urban green space with general public access.

Detailed Description

The garden of Norfolk Crescent occupies a triangle of low-lying land on the north bank of the River Avon. It has a bumpy and uneven surface and no planting of note. The garden was found to be poorly-maintained when last surveyed in 1985. It had virtually no planting, and the area had been used for disposal of rubble and rubbish, leaving the surface of the ground uneven and irregular.

Features
  • Garden Building
  • Description: Night-watchman?s hut. This is a small, circular building in the corner of the garden. It is clearly shown on early prints of the Crescent.
  • Town House (featured building)
  • Description: Norfolk Crescent was built in the 1790s and completed in the early-19th century.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is an urban green space with general public access.

Directions

Norfolk Crescent lies off the A4 Upper Bristol Road.

History

Detailed History

Norfolk Crescent was built in the 1790s and completed in the early-19th century. The site was leased to Richard, an attorney, in 1792, and his associates in the speculation were the builders James Brown and Thomas King. Plans for a street to enter the centre of Norfolk Crescent had to be dropped, and the area in front of the Crescent was instead laid out as a formal garden. Pictures of the Crescent show that there was dense planting of shrubs and trees at the western end of the garden, and a map of 1848 shows an informal layout in the garden.

Although Norfolk Crescent suffered some bomb damage in the war, the buildings are substantially intact.

Period

  • 18th Century
  • Late 18th Century
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