Thursday, 29 August 2013

Autumnal Pleasure at Sydney Gardens

We had a couple of hours to spare before we watched Paloma Faith the other week and Andrew decided to take me to a place I've never actually visited before.

Sydney Gardens

 
Now I've lived within 10 miles of Bath for about 28 years but I've never walked round Sydney Gardens.
It's a beautiful small park on the north-eastern side of Bath, originally named the Bath Vauxhall Gardens and the only remaining eighteenth-century pleasure gardens in the country.

Sydney Gardens Minerva Tower

Sydney Gardens

Sydney Gardens


The gardens were landscaped and opened in 1795 but the coming of the steam rail age and canal network cut through the park when the Great Western Railway and Kennet and Avon Canal arrived in town. 

Sydney Gardens railway line

Sydney Gardens

Sydney Gardens

 
Walking round the park, it seemed like Autumn really was just around the corner.
 
Shadows


Under the arches next to the canal, how cool is this? Ancient graffiti!

Ancient graffiti

Ancient graffiti

Ancient graffiti

 
 I wonder if any of them had any idea their handiwork would still be around over 200 years later?
 

4 comments:

  1. Dave's lived in Bristol almost all his life and he's never heard of Sydney Gardens in Bath, either. I suspect we've probably driven past it a few times unknowingly. It's absolutely gorgeous--I love the little white bridge xx

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    1. It's sort of behind/next to the Holburne Museum. I'd driven past and gone past on the train for years and never been in but it's really really pretty. You can also go right up alongside the railway line to watch the trains (and steam trains on Saturdays) go whizzing past! :-) xx

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  2. Wonderful place, amazing pictures :)
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