Last week Steve the leader of our walk in the past walking group asked us to meet at the Museum of Bath Stone. in Coombe Down to the east of Bath. I have to admit my heart sank. After all quarries are not the most exciting subject. When I was growing up much of Bath was covered in soot from coal fires and steam trains and I always thought that Bath stone made the buildings look dreary. However when Bath was in its heyday in the late 18th century the honey coloured stone must have gleamed in the sunshine. Nowadays planning officials still insist that all building in the centre of town is made from the local stone. Continue reading “Coombe Down and the story of Bath Stone”
I was happy to find out that Bath would be the venue for our February walk in the past history walk. I grew up between Bristol and Bath and my father went to school in the city so I have watched Bath change over the years. Jane Austen would probably recognise the centre but there is also a side to the city the tourists miss. It has a large student population. Bath university is particularly well known for sport and many athletes train there. Continue reading “Bath a brief history”
This year our French group decided to have Christmas lunch at Bitton railway Station.
This railway was part of my childhood. I remember sitting in boring lessons at school and watching trains pass along the line. The Avon valley railway line which was part of the Midland rail network ran from Bristol to Bath and connected up with the Somerset and Dorset railway known affectionally as the S and D or slow and dirty. It took people on day trips to the seaside, to places like Bournemouth and Weymouth. Continue reading “Christmas lunch at Avon Valley Railway Station”