On the Trail of John Wood: Bath’s celebrated Architect and Myth-maker in Bath

Sunday 19th August

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 10am
  • Start time 10.30am
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John Wood was not only a visionary architect but also a myth-maker extraordinaire. He believed that Bath lay on the site of a vast Druidic temple, and, in his attempt to recreate it in 18th-century terms, designed some of England’s most groundbreaking and iconic buildings. After his death at the age of just 49, his work was carried on by his son, John Wood the Younger, who, despite struggling against opposition and constant debt, created in Bath’s Upper Town one of the greatest examples of urban design.

In this guided walk, Kirsten Elliott and Andrew Swift explore the life and work of these two remarkable men, seeking to discover what inspired them, how they set about realising their vision  and the hidden meanings of the buildings they created.

Join us at 10 am for Coffee and Cake before embarking on this fascinating walk at 10:30.