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Picture shown is the first house No1 Royal Crescent

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Royal Crescent

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The Royal Crescent is best viewed from the Royal Victoria Park, from the park road you will see the crescent, just centre your self then walk on the grass towards the Ha Ha, which is an embankment below the crescent.
The opening night of the Bath International Music festival opening night used to be held in full view of the Crescent, showing a spectacular sight with candles lit in every window with all the Bath residents, enjoying the free entertainment, picnics and sensible wine drinking. Unfortunately in 2009 a bad decision was taken to end years of tradition. The opening night no longer happens in front of the crescent . What a shame.

The houses of the Royal Crescent were designed to the individual requirements of wealthy and distinguished visitors to Bath and master craftsmen were responsible for the interior decoration, using designs drawn from the many pattern books published at the time.
The crescent was designed by architect John Wood the younger. The crescent was built between 1767 and 1774, it spans a row of 30 houses and is said to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture. Nothing has changed on the outside since they war built and now are classed as grade 1 listed buildings
The royal Crescent is home to one of the most prestigious hotels in Europe. The Royal Crescent Hotel, which takes centre placement in the crescent.

The foundation stone of No 1 Royal Crescent was laid in 1767 and the house first leased to Thomas Brock in 1769. Among subsequent distinguished occupants, records show that the Duke of York, second son of George III, 'engaged the first house in the Royal Crescent' in 1776.
By 1968 No 1 had fallen into disrepair. Major Bernard Cayzer, a member of the shipping family acquired the house and gave it to the Bath Preservation Trust, who have restored the house to its former glory, with furnishings and decorations of the 18th century. to show how it might looked in past times.