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Ornamental Pool in Smallcombe Wood, approx. 100m west of Combe Royal

A Grade II Listed Building in Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.376 / 51°22'33"N

Longitude: -2.3338 / 2°20'1"W

OS Eastings: 376864

OS Northings: 164156

OS Grid: ST768641

Mapcode National: GBR 0QJ.QSN

Mapcode Global: VH96M.HPL1

Entry Name: Ornamental Pool in Smallcombe Wood, approx. 100m west of Combe Royal

Listing Date: 9 December 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1406349

Location: Bath and North East Somerset, BA2

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Bathwick

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bath

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

Ornamental pool. Early/mid C19

Description

The structure consists of a slate tank approx. 2.5m by 2.3m and about 0.6m deep. Surrounded by slate paving on front, and has rough stone segmental arch across rear with inlet pipe for pool.

History

This part of Smallcombe Wood was laid out as a picturesque shrubbery for No.6 Woodland Place (qv). It comprises a network of winding paths among laurels and three stone ponds, of which this one is the most architecturally treated and best preserved. The original function of these pools is unclear as they seem too shallow for plunge baths. This ornamental pool may have been used to supply water to a circular fountain which also sat within the former shrubbery down the slope to the west.

Reasons for Listing

* Architectural interest: it is a well proportioned mid to late-C19 ornamental pool;
* Historic interest: it formed part of the picturesque shrubbery originally laid out for No.6 Woodland Place (qv).
* Group value: with other listed buildings on Woodland Place.

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