Bath Pevsner City Guide Michael Forsyth

Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides
Publication date:
11 Jan 2004
Yale University Press
344 pages: 216 x 121mm
60 b-w + 120 color illus.


This delightful book is the first comprehensive architectural guide to Bath, England’s finest Georgian city. Full of new discoveries and lively descriptions of the city’s notable buildings, the book follows in the great tradition of the Pevsner series. It features superb, specially taken color illustrations throughout and numerous easy-to-use walking maps.

The great set-pieces of Bath—the famous Pump Room, The Circus, Royal Crescent—are embedded in a graceful urban landscape developed by a long succession of gifted local architects. The city’s Roman roots are represented by the remains of its extraordinary baths, its medieval prosperity by the splendid Abbey. Exquisite villas and terraces on the surrounding hills add further variety. For all who share an interest in the buildings of Bath—from architect to historian, tourist to armchair traveler—this is an irresistible volume.

Michael Forsyth is director of studies on the conservation of historic buildings course at the University of Bath.

'Forsyth's judgement is impeccable. His critique - and the opinions it will form in those who read it - has never been more timely...A sorely-needed and superbly executed book that satisfied not simply the discerning eye but the imagination too' - The Georgian '...beautifully illustrated and packed with historical and architectural info...' - Venue