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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Circus Bath

The Circus in Bath is another superb example of the UNESCO World Heritage listed city's Georgian architecture.

Designed by John Wood the Elder, the three blocks of town houses arranged around a central green space, were originally known as King's Circus. The buildings were completed by his son John Wood the Younger in the mid-18th century.

Seen from the air, The Circus and adjoining Gay Street, where the Jane Austen Centre is located at No. 40 form the masonic symbol of a key.

One of the obvious influences on the Palladian architecture of The Circus is the Colosseum in Rome. Wood copied the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns seen on the facades of the buildings.

Famous residents included the politician William Pitt, the artist Thomas Gainsborough and his sister Mary Gibbon.

The success of The Circus saw its design later copied in such famous public spaces as Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus in London.

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