St Michaels is a beautiful church in the centre of Bath. Inevitably overshadowed by Bath Abby, St Michaels contains a stunningly modernised interior.
St Michaels has clearly moved with the times. Inside the walls are crisp, clean, and the upper level is a delight. The walkway from staircase to the church offices is a delightful mixture of traditional wooden railings with modern glass floor.
It is not only the decoration that has moved with the times, a cafe has made its home at the back of the church. Nestled behind the pews is seating, a few tables, and a dedicated food and drink preparation area.
The decision to commit so fully to becoming a more welcoming useful space must have been difficult. It took a few moments to become comfortable with the sacrilege but what purpose is an empty dying church? Better to embrace a daring path, than suffer an assured decay.
Bath is a city made of limestone. Everywhere you look buildings of beautifully carved stone line the streets.
Bath is an historically wealthy city in the United Kingdom. The thermal springs below ensured the city’s notability and prosperity over time. That in turn has led an assortment of grandiose architecture and adorned vistas.
We visited in winter. The sky was overcast and the sun lacking. On the positive side, the tourist numbers were low and we could spend the entire day wandering without overheating.
The United Kingdom does not have many built-upon bridges but Bath is home to one. Pulteney Bridge is a bridge lined with shops. Walking across you would be forgiven for not realising the bridge existed. The shops continue unbroken with only their relative high giving away the shift from land to water back to land.
Everywhere is carved stone. Older streets have their names carved in stone. Modern signage has been added but the original names remain.
Below Street Housing
I most strongly associate below street level housing with Edinburgh. Another city built on hills and steep inclines.
We stayed along the river and our walk into the centre was along with river.
Not all of Bath is a held back in the past. Walk a little of the tourist routes and the city inhabited by the local population appears. Modern, sometimes grimy, lived in buildings and locations that help ground the place in reality.