The Circus, Bath

The Circus is a historic ring of large townhouses in the city of Bath, Somerset, England, forming a circle with three entrances. Designed by architect John Wood, the Elder, it was built between 1754 and 1768, and is regarded as a pre-eminent example of Georgian architecture. The name comes from the Latin circus, meaning a ring, oval or circle. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1]

The Circus
A view of The Circus
Former name(s) King's Circus
Length 700 ft (200 m)
Postal code BA1 2
Coordinates 51.386°N 2.364°W / 51.386; -2.364
Construction
Construction start 1754
Completion 1768
Aerial view
Windows vary in size, and details by Classical order
Part of the frieze showing the alternating triglyphs and decorative emblems
The Circus

The Circus is divided into three segments of equal length, with a lawn in the centre. Each segment faces one of the three entrances, ensuring a classical façade is always presented straight ahead.


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