Flat 1, 41A Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath
41A Great Pulteney Street is an end of terrace late 18th century townhouse by Thomas Baldwin situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. It forms part of the immediate streetscape setting of a high concentration of Grade I late 18th century terraced townhouses, also by Thomas Baldwin, along Great Pulteney Street as well as the Grade II terrace along Darlington Street. The building features unusual prominence due to its three-aspect façade on the junction between Great Pulteney Street, Sydney Place, and Darlington Street. Due to the terrace’s architectural homogeneity, scale, and the intentionally designed sightlines between the Holburne Museum and Great Pulteney Bridge, Great Pulteney Street constitutes an exceptional example of Georgian Town Planning and Architecture OUV of the World Heritage Site. The southern, lower ground floor extension appears to date to approximately the late 19th century, with this gap having previously been infilled earlier in the century.
Despite the building’s Grade I status, there is an absence of clarity in the application regarding the proposed external changes. There are no photographs or drawings of the west elevation as existing or with the proposed changes, and as such it is difficult to ascertain the level of change being proposed.
Should the principle of external lighting be considered appropriate, we strongly recommend that fixings are located within the mortar joints where possible to minimise drilling holes into the stonework and resulting loss of historic fabric.