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Argyle Street, Bath

Argyle Street, Bath

Argyle Street (formerly Argyle Buildings) is a historic street in the centre of Bath, England located between Pulteney Bridge and Laura Place.

Argyle Street, Bath
View of Argyle Street, Bath looking east from Pulteney Bridge
LocationBathwick, Bath, Somerset, England
Coordinates51°23′0″N 2°21′26″W
Builtcirca 1789
ArchitectThomas Baldwin
Architectural style(s)Georgian, with some later shopfronts
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameNumbers 1 to 5
Designated11 August 1972[1]
Reference no.1394146
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameNumber 6
Designated12 June 1950[2]
Reference no.1394147
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameArgyle Congregational Chapel
Designated12 June 1950[3]
Reference no.1394150
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameNumber 7
Designated12 June 1950[4]
Reference no.1394148
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official nameNumbers 8 to 17
Designated12 June 1950[5]
Reference no.1394149
Location of Argyle Street, Bath in Somerset

History

As part of the Bathwick Estate, Argyle Street was designed by Thomas Baldwin for Sir William Pulteney. Construction of the street was completed around 1789. The buildings were intended to serve as residential townhouses like those immediately adjacent in Laura Place. However, over several decades shopfronts were added to form an extension to the shopping parade on Pulteney Bridge. As a result the street now has a fine selection of shopfronts with designs from several different architectural periods.[6] Particularly noteworthy are the late Georgian shopfronts to numbers 8, 9, and 16,[7] and Victorian shopfronts to numbers 6, 7, and 12.

The Argyle Congregational Chapel is located on the north side of the street between numbers 6 and 7. It is used by a United Reformed Church congregation.[8]

See also

References

  1. Historic England. "Numbers 1 - 5 (1394146)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. Historic England. "Number 6 (1394147)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. Historic England. "Argyle Congregational Chapel (1394150)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  4. Historic England. "Number 7 (1394148)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. "Numbers 8 - 17". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. Ison, Walter (1948). The Georgian Buildings of Bath. Bath: Pitman Press. p. 164. ISBN 1904965008.
  7. Bath Shopfronts. Devenish & Co. Ltd. 1993. p. 11. ISBN 0-901303-29-1.
  8. "About Us". Bath Central United Reformed Church. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.


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