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The Stone Faces of Walcot

Walcot Street
The Stone Faces of Walcot


The 'Great Wall of Walcot', located in Walcot Street in the city's Artisan quarter, is home to over 30 grotesques - comic, realistic and mythical faces. .

Hand carved in Bath stone, some of the faces were first installed over 30 years ago, with new faces of living local characters being added in 2013 as part of an art project to encourage visitors to the area.

The faces are originally down to a Stonemason named Paul Rogers who was based in Walcot Street and carved his own face in stone before fixing it into The Paragon wall along with another interesting character - 4 were done in total at the time. In 2013, and sponsored by Walcot Street businesses and residents, a project to add new faces was conceived. Each face was specifically commissioned to reflect each business or business owner and were carved by Pete Bloomfield who worked at one time for the original stonemason Paul.

Walk up Walcot Street itself and discover a vibrant mix of independent traders including fine cheese and wine purveyors, homewares and framers, fashion, art galleries, cafes and character pubs. As you come along the street from the city centre, passing the Hilton Hotel on your left, the Great Wall of Walcot will appear ahead of you to your left. Look for the inlaid stone faces and make your own mind up as to which local characters of Bath they may represent!

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Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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