Skip to main content

Five Fascinating Facts about the Royal Crescent

2017 marks 250 years since The Royal Crescent’s foundation stone was laid, on 19th May 1767. Since then, The Royal Crescent has become a world-renowned icon, and an important representation of Georgian architectural innovation. The famous crescent is also one of the reasons why Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status 30 years ago, in 1987. To celebrate the Royal Crescent’s 250th birthday, we’ve put together five fascinating facts that you may not know about one of the most famous streets in Britain…

Royal Crescent

1. The Royal Crescent Hasn’t Always Had Such a Grand Title

Originally known simply as The Crescent, the street only gained its royal accolade at the end of the eighteenth century, following a visit from Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.

Royal Crescent - old

2. The Building Has Suitably Grand Classical Architecture

In total, the Royal Crescent has an impressive 114 Ionic columns, each 30 inches in diameter and reaching 47 feet.

Royal Crescent up close

3. The Houses along the Royal Crescent Are Not as Uniform as They Initially Appear

Whilst the façade of the Royal Crescent may look orderly, the rear is a jumble of differing depths and roof heights. Their ‘Queen Anne fronts and Mary-Anne backs’ are a result of each house being built by a different architect, who, whilst obliged to follow John Wood the Younger’s specifications for the façade, were under no such stipulation for the rear of each property.

Royal Crescent backs

4. The Royal Crescent Suffered Severe Damage during the Second World War

In April 1942, No. 2 and No. 7 Royal Crescent were both gutted by incendiaries, as part of the Baedeker Raids on Bath. These houses were subsequently restored to their former glory.

Royal Crescent war damage

5. One of the Royal Crescent’s Façades Stands out from the Rest

In 1972, the resident of No. 22, Miss Wellesley-Colley painted her front door and windows primrose yellow instead of the traditional white. Miss Wellesley-Colley had to fight two enforcement orders from Bath City Council and defend herself at a public enquiry, before it was finally declared that the door could remain yellow.

Royal Crescent yellow door

Celebrate RC250

You can experience Royal Crescent living yourself with a visit to No.1 Royal Crescent or a stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel.

Royal Crescent Hotel concierge
Get a feel for the lives of eighteenth-century Bathonians at No.1 Royal Crescent. Each room is designed to show you how the Georgians would have furnished their houses, with guides to tell stories of the past.

Number 1 Royal Crescent

Share This Post

Related Posts

Bath and Bristol, Love Bath, Feast in Bath

Five of the Most Beautiful Hotels in Bath

Bath is known for many things; for its spas, architecture, history and culture, but chief amongst them all is its beauty. The Good Hotel Guide share five of their favourite hotels in Bath to consider for your next trip...The QueensberryDescribed as ‘near faultless’ by one ...

Remarkable Bath, Unexpected Bath

Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Bath’s Historic Venues

Bath is simply brimming with history, and its stunning buildings each have a story to tell. From the ancient cobbles of the Roman Baths to the prestigious Georgian-era glamour of the Assembly Rooms and the stylish Victoria Art Gallery, each venue has a unique charm. Our friends at Bath’s ...

Love Bath, Fashionable Bath, Remarkable Bath, Unexpected Bath

Bath’s Most Instagrammable Spots

Bath is renowned for its beauty. As the only designated UNESCO World Heritage City in the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that the city has plenty of photogenic spots. Here’s our round up of some of the most Instagrammable places in Bath – don’t forget to use #visitbath ...

Love Bath, Feel-Good Bath, Stay in Bath

Enjoy a Romantic Stay in Bath

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay for a romantic break, there are plenty of options in Bath and beyond. Whether you fancy a city break or a country escape, here are some of our picks for a romantic stay…

Love Bath, Family-Friendly Bath, Remarkable Bath, Stay in Bath

Museums in Bath Where You Can Discover the City’s Rich History

The city of Bath has more museums in just one square mile than most larger cities can boast altogether. Bath houses a great number of museums which offer a wealth of remarkable stories and bring the city’s history to life. Here's our guide to Bath's fantastic museums…