combe down Stone mine
Co of Bath ing ild
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South l og y
The archaeology of Bath’s stone mines
The hills around Bath look solid enough but below the surface they are riddled with tunnels and stone quarries. When some of these began to collapse, putting the village of Combe Down at risk, Oxford Archaeology was called in to record this vast labyrinth before it was filled with concrete. Chr is Catling reports on the record they made of an industry that helped create the beautiful buildings of Georgian Bath’s ‘Golden Age’.
Nestling in the steep-sided valley of the Avon, Bath Spa has a remarkable degree of homogeneity. This comes in part from having been planned and built over a short period by just two architects,
John Wood the Elder and John Wood, his son. But viewed from the Bath Skyline Walk that encircles the city for some six miles, offering the perfect vantage point, it is something else that you notice about the spiky church steeples and long rows of houses that climb up the terraced hillsides from the river. Bath has that quality that William Morris so admired in his own home of Kelmscott Manor or such Cotswold villages and towns as Bibury and Burford: it is built of materials that complement their setting so well that they look as if they are rooted in the soil and have grown like something organic rather than man-made.
current archaeology | www.archaeology.co.uk ctober 2012 |
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