22 Royal Crescent, City Centre, Bath
22 Royal Crescent forms part of a Grade I late 18th century terraced elliptical crescent by John Wood the Younger, situated within the Bath City-Wide Conservation Area and World Heritage Site, overlooking the Grade I listed Victoria Park. The site of the proposed works is to the rear of the publicly-experienced centrepiece of the Crescent, to one of the retaining boundary walls that distinguish the long garden strip running towards Crescent Lane. Whilst not publicly visible, the rear boundary walls retain associated significance as part of delineating the original plot form, layout, and setting of the Grade I terrace, and its historic residential function.
We are supportive of the principle of necessary reconstruction works to reinstate a historic boundary wall, which appears to form part of the curtilage Grade I listing of 22 Royal Crescent. The proposed works would further seek to address inappropriate material interventions such as the use of cement mortar, with resulting enhancement to the setting and material integrity of a listed building, as well as ensuring the longer-term material health of the boundary wall in future.
Where material details have been provided regarding the proposed repointing mix, and it has been indicated that the wall would be reconstructed using reclaimed rubble stone and coping from the existing wall, we are satisfied that the works would sustain and enhance the special interest of the listed building and its wider setting.