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The Georgian Garden


Behind No.4 The Circus, accessed from the Gravel Walk, you will find The Georgian Garden. It is a recreation of an eighteenth-century town garden, designed to an original plan of circa 1760/1770.

The project was undertaken by Bath Archaeological Trust in conjunction with Bath Preservation Trust and the Garden History Society in 1985, and was the first project of its kind to have taken place in Britain.   

The only reference to plants in this particular garden in its early years is a note from 1829, which records that “At Bath, No.4 Circus, in the garden against the wall were Geraniums, quite uninjured by the Frost”.

However, research was carried out by Dr John Harvey, the President of the Garden History Society, into plants originally used in eighteenth century gardens, and this enabled the correct species to be selected.

The seat, which you might be grateful to find, is a one-off copy of an eighteenth-century original.

In 1766 John Wood, the Younger had leased the land beyond the Circus gardens to allow sedan chair access from Queen Square to his newest and grandest project, the Royal Crescent. The end of the gardens was re-ordered, and a flight of steps added, to give access to Gravel Walk, just as it remains today. 

The entrance to the Georgian Garden is between the Royal Crescent and Queen Square and admission is free.