Bath: The Postcard Collection
Series: The Postcard Collection
- Alan Spree
15th November 2023
The spa town of Bath has drawn visitors since the Roman’s built baths and a temple at the site of hot springs in the Avon valley. Bath Abbey was founded in the seventh century but it was in the eighteenth century that the town became the fashion centre of England. Bath’s Georgian architecture is one of its chief glories today but the city has seen many changes in the intervening years, not least the destruction caused by aerial bombardment during the Second World War. Postwar years saw new housing and commercial redevelopment in the city, museums opened, fresh industries established and the expansion of its two universities.
In Bath: The Postcard Collection the author has drawn on a remarkable selection of old postcards to give a pictorial record of life in Bath in the past. Although some of the historical Bath seen in these views has been lost, many landmarks have remained and will be familiar today. The postcards show the changes Bath’s fabric and its community adapting and changing over the course of this period. This fascinating collection of images will be of interest to those who have lived in Bath or know it well.