2017 marks 250 years since the first foundation stone was laid. Discover how Bath plans to celebrate 250 years of Bath’s Royal Crescent – RC250.
The first foundation stone for the Royal Crescent in Bath was laid on 19th May 1767. It would take a further eight years for the construction to be completed according to the design of John Wood the Younger.
One of Britain’s greatest architectural landmarks, this semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses arranged around a great lawn remains one of the most impressive representations of architectural innovation – and was one of the reasons why Bath was awarded its UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987.
“The Royal Crescent is one of the supreme expressions of the idea—widely explored in the development of British cities during the 18th century—that numerous houses can be integrated to monumental effect,” explains Country Life‘s Architectural Editor, John Goodall.