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The whole city is built with a creamcoloured stone; the architect and the mason have equally here exercised their talents and indulged their fancies for thirty years past, and have spread it over so much ground, that, could its former inhabitants rise from their silent dormitories, they would lift their eyes, and hold up up their hands with wonder.


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The Squares, the Circus, the great Crescent, and the minor ones, which are numerous, are of that magnitude and beauty as at once to delight and astonish the beholder.

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The new streets are commodiously wide, and of vast extent; Great Pulteneyǝstreet, lately built on the east side of Avon-bridge, is, perhaps, ex


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cept Portland-place, in London, not to be equalled in Christendom; this spacious street commences and concludes with a Crescent, which adds to its splendor. It has the advantage of Portland-place, in as much as it is built with beautiful stone, and the different orders of architecture, which have been uniformly observed through the whole street, give it that magnificent effect, which almost rivals every. thing we have to boast of in respect to buildings.

The new Pump-room, and the new street which faces it, form a beautiful picture, displaying on each side an elegant colonnade of considerable length, leading down to the different baths. The pump-room, in question, is not only an elegant but a stately


structure, and, for the purpose to which it is appropriated, not to be equalled any where.

The lower Assembly-rooms are handsome, commodious, and capacious, but the upper onés surpass every thing of that kind in any town or city in the three kingdoms.

The theatre is handsome, and its size properly adapted to the place, but is fixed in a bad situation, inconvenient to the greater part of the inhabitants, and incommodious in regard to its approach; it is said to be the best-conducted theatre in England, and has furnished the Capital with some of its most eminent performers.

There is greater decorum and order observed in Bath than in any other


place; the markets are the best supplied and conducted of any we can refer to, being regulated by the Mayor and Corporation, as well as the dif ferent apartments, which are let at a stipulated price; half a guinea per week each room, no more nor less, even in the very best lodging-houses.

Having a colliary about eight miles from the city, they are well supplied with coals.. From the advantage of the Somersetshire Avon, a navigable river, running through the bottom of the city, and passing the mines, they are not only the more easily conveyed, but consequently rendered more moderate in respect to price.


The cathedral is in the centre of the city, a grand Gothic structure, and


presents a fine effect in point of object to the whole.

The town-hall is also a magnificent pile, built with peculiar taste, something similar to the Vatican at Rome, standing in an advantageous situation, not far from the cathedral.

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The waters here have undoubtedly been of the most salutary effect in gouty as well as bilious cases; we have perpetual instances of their rendering great relief to both.

Bath is as well paved, flagged, and lighted, as London, and has most of the pleasureable advantages of that great and extensive city within a much less compass. It lies in a dale, surrounded by high hills, decorated

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