Somerset Place, Bath

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Somerset Place
Somerset Place Bath numbers 5-20.tif
Location Bath, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°23′35″N 2°22′09″W / 51.39306°N 2.36917°W / 51.39306; -2.36917Coordinates: 51°23′35″N 2°22′09″W / 51.39306°N 2.36917°W / 51.39306; -2.36917
Built 1790-1820
Architect John Eveleigh
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Nos 5 to 20 (consec) Somerset Place
Designated 12 June 1950[1]
Reference no. 443615
Somerset Place, Bath is located in Somerset
Somerset Place, Bath
Location of Somerset Place in Somerset

Somerset Place is a Georgian Grade I listed crescent[1] in Bath, England. The facades were designed by the architect John Eveleigh who went bankrupt during the building, which started in 1790 but was not completed until the 1820s.

In 1784 Thomas Paine purchased an area of pasture including Great Lydes to build houses overlooking Bath, although there is evidence of Iron Age and Roman settlement on the area. 20 houses were originally planned but numbers 1 to 4 were never built.[2]

Some of the crescent was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt as student accommodation in the 1950s and 1960s for Bath College of Domestic Science. It used to form part of the campus of Bath Spa University, but has since been sold.[3] It was used for student accommodation and the Bath Spa University English Language Programme.


  1. ^ a b "Nos 5–20, Somerset Place, Bath". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Historical and archaeological building report on Somerset Place, Sion Hill Bath" (PDF). House Historians. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Entire Bath crescent up for sale". BBC News. BBC. 2005-09-17. Retrieved 2009-02-26.