WELCOME TO WATCHES OF BATH
Watches of Bath was set up by my father over 25 years ago and we have been selling watches in Bartlett Street antique centre throughout this period. We specialise in rare and unique vintage watches and our new website has been created to reach a wider audience. Please browse our shop page to see our current watches in stock or if you would like to visit lovely Bath for the day come and view our watches in person at Bartlett Street Antique Centre. We look forward to seeing you.
View our shop page to see other watches in stock
Whilst visiting us in historic Bath why not visit The Circus
A leisurely walk around The Circus in Bath. Step out of the Antiques Centre on Bartlett street and you are literally there. Walking past the Assembly Rooms and turn left onto Bennet Street you will see the entrance to The Circus straight ahead of you,the five London Plain Tree’s in the centre framed by the buildings each side of Bennet Street. Roughly 200 years old and thought to have been planted around 1820 they now dominate The Green and they have now reached the height of the surrounding buildings themselves as you will discover when you walk through into The Circus. Originally called King’s Circus it was designed by the architect John Wood. Construction began in 1754,however Wood died less than three months after the first stone was laid and so his son John Wood,the younger,completed the design in 1768. The Circus consists of three curved segments of Townhouses,forming a circle with three entrances.When viewed from the air The Circus along with Queen Square and adjoining Gay Street,form a key shape ,which is a masonic symbol similar to those that adorn many of the Wood’s buildings. Turn left as you enter from Bennet Street and look up just above the doors and windows at the detail on the stonework. You will see many emblems,such as serpents,acorns and nautical symbols. Wood was known to admire the Druid’s,the creators of Prehistoric Stone Circles. Convinced that Bath had been the principal centre of Druid activity in Britain,Wood studied Stonehenge (about 30 miles away),and designed The Circus with the same diameter. A third of the way round you will come to the junction with Gay Street and if you cross over the road into the centre and onto The Green you will have a fabulous view down Gay Street of lower Bath. You should now find yourself underneath one of the three original Carbon Ark Electrical Lamps which were installed in 1898 and were considered at the time to be at the forefront of modern technology. Turn about and look into the centre of The Green and walk through the hanging branches and foliage during the summer months. Looking down you will now see the remains of the stone paving which originally covered the reservoir feeding water to all thirty houses in the circus,Brock Street,which leads to the Royal Crescent. Cross the road again to the corner of Brock Street and look along its length,you will see The Green at the front of The Royal Crescent in the distance. I will walk along to Royal Crescent next month and give a talk a little of it’s history along with some photographs of the walk.