Brintons archive helps transform Royal Crescent Museum
2nd July 2013
The £5m renovation project at Bath’s iconic Georgian townhouse museum, No.1 Royal Crescent is now complete and the house is now open to the public once again. The project included the purchase and restoration of the original servants' wing at No.1A and its reconnection to the main house.
The Royal Crescent is a street of thirty terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. It was designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 - 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom. The first resident of No.1, Royal Crescent was Henry Sandford, a retired Irish MP who rented the house from 1776 until his death in Bath, in 1796.
No.1 Royal Crescent is now a historic house museum, which depicts how wealthy owners of the late 18th century might have furnished and occupied such a house. It is owned and maintained by the Bath Preservation Trust.
In the 20th century, the lease for No.1 was split with the original service wing being sold separately as No.1A Royal Crescent and it was used as a separate dwelling for many years. The Bath Preservation Trust has been working tirelessly during 2012/13 to reunite No.1 with its original servants' wing at No.1A Royal Crescent to extend its historic house museum and provide better educational and visitor facilities and additional exhibition space.
In June 2013, No.1 Royal Crescent was reunited with its original servants’ wing next door. As a result the size of the museum has doubled, giving visitors a much richer insight into the life of residents in the late 18th century – both above and below stairs – whilst bringing the building up to modern standards.
Brintons Archivist, Yvonne Smith, has worked closely with the curators of the museum to identify carpet designs which were authentic to the Georgian period. Designs were chosen from Brintons extensive archive which dates back to 1790. It is one of the world's largest commercial design archives and historical pattern libraries in the industry. Designs were chosen for The Parlour, Gentlemen's Retreat Lady's bedroom, Grand staircase and landing areas.
Ian Barton, Brintons Commercial Business Manager also worked with Yvonne on bringing this exciting project in to fruition.
Image top right: Grand Staircase
Image top left: Parlour
Image second left: Lady's Bedroom
Image third left: Gentlemen's Retreat
Image bottom left: Yvonne Smith, Archivist outside No.1 Royal Crescent.
For more information about No.1 Royal Crescent, please visit their website: no1royalcrescent.org.ukNo1 Royal Crescent