This statue was photographed overlooking the Great Bath and depicts a Roman woman. The initials SPQR stand for a Latin phrase, which when translated reads “The Senate and People of Rome”, referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic. When I was in Rome at the start of last year there were many statues and monuments all over the city with the SPQR text or symbol. It was a little strange to see it in South West England, but at the same time rather appropriate considering where I was standing!
The city of Bath in Somerset, England was first established as a spa by the Romans sometime in the AD 60’s. They built baths and a temple around hot springs. In the above photograph we can see the main entrance to the Roman Baths and in the foreground the pump room. The Grand Pump Room is where you can take the waters from the warm spring which fills the adjacent Roman Baths.
Taken later in the day than the previous black and white detail of the Royal Crescent, here we can see all thirty houses and just how they are laid out. Obviously by that time the sun had moved around to where they majority of the street was in the sun. It was now nearly mid-day so there were people sitting on the grass having picnics and sunbathing. However, I was very fortunate to have a lovely blue sky with some unusual clouds, so I chose to frame the photograph with slightly more sky than I might normally have done.
The above photograph is more of a pattern photograph showing the architectural details of the curved houses and the metal railings in their front gardens. This is a small section of the 30 houses laid out in a crescent that make up the Royal Crescent in Bath, arguably one of the most famous and most exclusive residential roads in the city.
I walked across Bath very early in the morning in order to try to get a wide angle view of the whole crescent just after sunrise. Sadly the way that the light was falling meant that I wasn’t able to capture the wide angle view in the way I wished at that time of day, so instead I focused on close up details.