The Corridor

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The Corridor
Corridor Bath.jpg
Location Bath, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°22′56″N 2°21′33″W / 51.38222°N 2.35917°W / 51.38222; -2.35917Coordinates: 51°22′56″N 2°21′33″W / 51.38222°N 2.35917°W / 51.38222; -2.35917
Built 1825
Architect Henry Goodridge
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: The Corridor
Designated 12 June, 1950[1]
Reference no. 442459
The Corridor is located in Somerset
The Corridor
Location of The Corridor in Somerset

The Corridor is one of the world's earliest retail arcades, designed by architect Henry Goodridge and built in 1825, in Bath, Somerset, England.

The fashion for arranging shops in arcades arose in Paris in the late 18th Century. The Corridor followed the trend set by London's Burlington Arcade.

The Corridor

The Grade II listed arcade has a glass roof. The High Street end has a Doric colonnade. Each end has marble columns.[1]

A musicians gallery, with a wrought iron balustrade and gilt lions heads and garlands, is in the centre of the arcade.[2]

Number 7 was the photographic studio of William Friese-Greene.[2]


On Wednesday 18 December 1974, a telephone warning alerted police in Bath that a bomb was shortly to explode in The Corridor. The subsequent blast from a 5lb bomb planted by the IRA[3] caused huge damage and forced the Corridor to undergo a major renovation programme. No one was hurt in the blast. [4]


  1. ^ a b "The Corridor". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b Haddon, John (1982). Portrait of Bath. London: Robert Hale Ltd. p. 57. ISBN 0-7091-9883-3. 
  3. ^ "The Corridor in Bath". Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  4. ^ Wainwright, Martin (1981). The Bath Blitz (Second ed.). Bath: Kingston Press. p. 81. ISBN 0955055202.