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Retaining Wall East of Railway Line

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3872 / 51°23'13"N

Longitude: -2.3486 / 2°20'55"W

OS Eastings: 375836

OS Northings: 165403

OS Grid: ST758654

Mapcode National: GBR 0QB.T7K

Mapcode Global: VH96M.7DQG

Plus Code: 9C3V9MP2+VG

Entry Name: Retaining Wall East of Railway Line

Listing Date: 5 August 1975

Last Amended: 15 October 2010

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1395287

English Heritage Legacy ID: 510698

ID on this website: 101395287

Location: Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, BA2

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bath

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Retaining Wall East of Railway Line


Retaining wall between Beckford Road and Sydney Road to east of former Great Western Railway. c1840. By I.K. Brunel, Engineer to Great Western Railway. Limestone ashlar. Approx 7m high with panelled parapet over cornice and frieze. Lower part has concave batter, plinth and shallow piers approx 1.5m wide and 8m apart.
HISTORY: Part of the outstanding Great Western Railway mainline: the sensitivity of the site of this cutting resulted in an exceptionally architectural treatment which, far from scarring the pleasure ground, added a new feature within the landscape of Sydney Gardens. The broad Great Western Railway gauge is immediately apparent. The first train ran through in June 1841.
SOURCES: John Froud, 'The Great Western Railway in Bathwick' in 'Beyond Mr Pulteney's Bridge' (Bath Preservation Trust exhib. Cat. 1987), 18-19; Brenda Snaddon, 'The Last Promenade. Sydney Gardens, Bath' (2000), 31-2.

Listing NGR: ST7583665394

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