Buying property and the art of compromise

Compromise – verb “to allow your principles to be less strong or your standards to be lower” Having spent some of last week filming around the city with some buyers on a certain Channel 4 programme, we have been discussing the essence of compromise quite a bit! As with many potential viewers, we started off with… Read More



AquEye and the best views of Bath

Plans were announced last week for a proposed £5 million observation tower project called AquEye in Bath and have already stirred up a storm of comments in Twitter and on local letters pages. Located on the sluice gate island next to Pulteney Weir, 25 visitors per trip would be swung up from the Parade Gardens… Read More



Exploring the local history of Bath from inside the property industry

I make no secret of my passion for local history and thoroughly enjoy poking around the library or searching the web to see what I can learn. I’m also an avid collector of old photographs, postcards and maps of Bath, which always brings complaints from the kids when I drag them yet again to a… Read More



Article 4 in Bath – some thoughts on impact 18mths on

By way of introduction, on the 31st May 2012 BANES issued a notice of intention to implement an Article 4 direction. This meant changing the use of a property from C3 (residential) to C4 (HMO) from the 1st July 2013 required planning permission. A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined by the Housing Act 2004 as: A house… Read More



More old photos of Bath

Taken during the Second World War we think or certainly after the Bath Blitz of 1942 – Victoria Park below the Crescent has been segmented into Dig for Victory allotments and the remains of St Andrews Church are still standing behind the Crescent, albeit without its spire.  A view of Camden Crescent that would be impossible to take… Read More



Twerton Gaol

Twerton Gaol (the original spelling), was designed by architect George Manners (who was Bath City Architect from 1823 – 1862) and opened in 1843. It was erected in Caledonian Road, where it would have been in easily seen from the Royal Crescent (built a century earlier). It was therefore designed to look more like a… Read More



Southdown history notes

No81 The Hollow is first mentioned in the Bath Directory of 1940, as the home of a Mr P Burgess. Houses on the road were built from 1935, often with names like Everest and Mornside. The closest local employer was Blackmore and Langdon Nurseries  (advertised on their website as “the world’s largest growers of exhibition… Read More