Little Bayshill Terrace

7 02 2008

Little Bayshill Terrace

Photos taken July 2007.

This is the far end of one of Cheltenham’s loveliest out-of-the-way streets, Little Bayshill Terrace, which can be found running inconspicuously round the back of St George’s Place from a footpath at the side of the Bayshill Inn. It’s thought to have been built around 1833 on land formerly known as Latheram Meadows. I wish I’d photographed it before the recent flood defence upgrade was done. The improved flood defences were, as it turned out, much needed, but it pains my heart to see how insensitively they’ve fecked up the character of the area in the process, replacing ramshackle Victorian walls and bridges with sterile municipal concrete and railings.

The blue house on the end is wonderful. It’s the stump end of a short terrace of 6 houses and the end wall is exquisitely curved. It’s not entirely clear from this picture (and impossible to photograph in its entirety) but the River Chelt runs right along the back of the whole terrace and round the side (where you can see the drainage pipes at street level).

littlebayshill4.jpg

And here’s the back of the blue house, which has the river running right up against its walls. The owners have been very resourceful in making the most of a small garden.

littlebayshill6.jpg

The curved end wall and the river flowing past the back of the terrace. A public footpath runs along on the left bank of the river, and the back gardens of some of the houses are reached by tiny individual bridges. The Chelt is very swollen and murky in this picture because it was taken just a few days after the 2007 floods.

littlebayshill2.jpg

And some of the gardens are very pretty too!

littlebayshill5.jpg

The opposite side of the street and another terrace of 6 houses. Notice how the end house is built on a foundation of Cotswold stone. There is a sharp meander in the river at this point, and more of the new flood defences. The backs of the houses to the right are the taller Regency buildings of St George’s Road.

Here’s what the area looked like in 1921. What worries me is the siting of the public urinal right over the spot where the river goes under the road. Hmm, no prizes for guessing where the wee ended up.

Advertisements

Actions

Information

3 responses

7 02 2008
Mr WordPress

Hi, this is a comment.
To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

20 04 2009
Paul Slater

Hi,
The house opposite the blue one (the last picture above) that has a cotswold stone foundation, also has a slight curve in the wall, in the opposite direction (i.e. concave) as the river makes a little “s” bend there. Not quite as striking as the blue house, but well engineered none the less!

15 09 2009
cheltonia

Thank you Paul, that’s a fascinating detail which I hadn’t noticed myself!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: