In Pictures: No 1 Royal Crescent is back in Bath

By Culture24 Reporter | 19 June 2013
A photo of a large stone building
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The first building block at No 1 Royal Crescent was set in 1756, and, after the house and its service wing, No 1a, were advertised for lease five years later, the house was taken by wealthy Irish widower and ex-MP Henry Sanford.

A photo of a large Georgian drawing room with portraits and furniture dotted around
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Two volumes of Sanford’s scrapbook, detailing his interests as a Gentleman of the Enlightenment, remain from his 20 years at the house. The Duke of York (George III’s son), Henry Milsom, a divinity school for young ladies and critic and literary history George Saintsbury followed him.

A photo of a large ancient kitchen with rolling pins visible in the foreground
© Dan Brown
The two buildings were split after Bernard Cayzer bought No 1 in 1968. But the £5 million restoration project has connected the main house with the original servant’s quarters, improving the dining room, South Parlour, withdrawing room, Lady’s Bedchamber and hall and stairs, as well as new spaces the Gentleman’s retreat, Mr Sandford’s bedchamber, the Kitchen and Scullery, the House-keeper’s room, Coalholes, corridors and stores.

A photo of a large ancient kitchen
© Dan Brown
A servants’ hall will be used as a learning centre, and a new gallery – The Andrew Brownsword Gallery – will host changing exhibitions.

A photo of an illustration for a large building on parkland
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Known as The Whole Story Project, the completion of the development has seen one of the country’s finest examples of late Georgian architecture reopen to the public, aiming to tell tales of everyday life in 18th century Bath.

A photo of the entrance to a visitor attraction
© Dan Brown

  • Open 10.30am-5.30pm (12pm-5.30pm Monday). Admission £4-£8.50 (family ticket £17). Follow the Crescent on Twitter @No1Museum‎.
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