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BATH ABBEY

I took this image of the West End of Bath Abbey during our one and only short visit to this fine city, way back in the early 1970’s, on a colour slide film. One day we will hopefully return to this place that looks so interesting in the pictures posted here by Chris from time to time. I note from their website that the Abbey authorities do not place much in the way of restrictions for photography, and do not charge for this either, truly an unusual gesture compared with some other similar buildings throughout the country.

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BATH ABBEY

I took this image of the West End of Bath Abbey during our one and only short visit to this fine city, way back in the early 1970’s, on a colour slide film. One day we will hopefully return to this place that looks so interesting in the pictures posted here by Chris from time to time. I note from their website that the Abbey authorities do not place much in the way of restrictions for photography, and do not charge for this either, truly an unusual gesture compared with some other similar buildings throughout the country.

comments (21)

A great city is bath
Brian Walbey: Indeed Shane, I would like to visit there again.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2014, 06:21
The promised picture, and the most photographed aspect of the Abbey. Interesting to look back 40 years. The stonework is a lot cleaner now
Brian Walbey: I did take a couple of shots down by the river and the horseshoe shaped waterfalls by the bridge, but I do agree, here the stonework looks quite grubby.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 10 Feb 2014, 07:34
I always new that you did people shots Brian {grin]
Brian Walbey: Well sort of Richard, I have done more in recent times, in this case I think the image looks better with the small group.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2014, 07:39
Lucky for Astrid and me that we have seen this place, inside and out, Brian! It's never to be forgotten! I have never seen Jacob's ladder on both sides anywhere else in all my travels. It really adds to the charm of this Abbey.
Brian Walbey: Yes I'm quite envious that you have been inside the Abbey, we didn't on our visit all those years ago, we will have to make a point of a bath visit before we are much older. it goes without saying that Philine picked up on the ladders.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Feb 2014, 07:44
The glorious Abbey -and I especially love the ladders on both sides of the facade the souls and angels are climbing up and down ...wonderful photo!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, it is a lovely building from the outside, but sadly all those years ago Maureen and I didn't venture inside.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Feb 2014, 07:58
Impressive
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2014, 08:04
If you come to Bath again you will find the place looking much the same as this but the atmosphere has changed out of all imagination. This place is crowded with visitors and buskers, very good ones, play to them
Brian Walbey: We would like to come to Bath again Chris, I keep looking at taking up one of the packages Shearings offer at their hotel but it seems a bit of a way out from the centre, I know of course, from your postings, that there is plenty going on.
that is som sold time revival
Brian Walbey: This whole series is an old time revival Chantal, sit back and enjoy times gone by.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 10 Feb 2014, 09:18
It is impressive , eve that long ago.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mary.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Feb 2014, 10:37
I am sure the Abbey hasn't changed much (although it is a lot cleaner) but the fashions always date a picture. This can be a mixed blessing.
Brian Walbey: yes I know what you mean Mike, but I am honest enough to point out that all in this series were taken a long time ago.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2014, 10:52
On the thumbnail I already recognized this wonderful Abbey. Chris and Chad took us here and showed us around.
Wonderful picture from the scanner. Well done.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, I told Ginnie and Chris that some time not too far in the future Maureen and I must try and return to Bath, and this time go inside the Abbey!
Once seen, easily recognised with those climbing angels. You must have a huge archive of shots, from over the years, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed Martin, thanks. From my days using film I have in the order of about 3-4,000 slides and 2,000 odd B.& W.negatives I would think, not all worthy of being scanned for presentation I might add, they would keep me going on SC.for a long time wouldn't they smile
It is a fine building and Bath is well worth another visit....but parking in the city is a nightmare, so use the park and ride
Brian Walbey: Yes I keep looking at the packages Shearings offer on their Bath hotel but it seems a little way out from the centre, but it would be nice to re-visit, we might even see some of these strange people Professor C.Phillips keeps showing us from time to time wink
It's wonderful, Brian, that a scanner allows you to post old photos like this and have them come out on our screens so clean & crisp.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly, I do get a bit of help from CS3 as well of course, and various other bits of software if necessary.
A lovely capture Brian...especially with the people, just walking naturally..I haven't been to Bath before...
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ronke. We've only made that one visit back in the 1970's, we will perhaps return one of these days and have a good look round, it is a beautiful city.
  • carreksmum
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Feb 2014, 16:48
I always loved that aspect of the abbey. Now I have to make a confession, Brian. 40 years ago I moved to Bath and school holidays were spent in the abbey churchyard playing "rot the photo". We'd wait for a tourist to line up the perfect shot and then walk in front of the camera.To all those people for whom I ruined their photo I apologise! It was a typical 15 year old's prank.
Brian Walbey: That is quite an admission to make, just think what you might think if some children done it to you nowadays, I think we've all done silly things like that in the past.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 10 Feb 2014, 17:10
You might find this strange Brian but I much preferred the blackened Bath stone to today's cleaned-up variety. Memories, that must be what it's all about.
Brian Walbey: yes perhaps you grew up seeing the darkened stone Chad, and that memory has stuck with you.
Beautifully scanned Brian! I love Bath.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, we must try and go back there one day.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Feb 2014, 21:03
I must admit that I don't go to Bath as often as I should. Apart from the sky there is little to age this shot. The attitude of the Cathedral's authorities sounds very refreshing.

I'm posting a few this week which are from 2001 and some of them will show their low quality!
Brian Walbey: Yes I understand it is quite expensive to go in some cathedrals, York for instance is very dear I believe. I look forward to your early digital shots, we had a competition at the club last year where, in turn, we each used an early 1mb.Kodak camera, it was surprising how good some of the results were.
Fine shot, Brian - only the sky is showing its age smile
Brian Walbey: Yes I'm not too pleased with the sky but it was the best I could do.
Good shot from the archive Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.

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