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The History of the Royal Crescent Hotel

The iconic Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in one of the most famous crescent’s in the world. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building. Although some changes have been made to various interiors over the years, the Georgian stone facade remains much as it was when it was first built.

The Royal Crescent has been home to many notable residents over the years including Thomas Linley, a singing-master and conductor of the concerts from 1771. His second daughter Elizabeth Ann Linley, a singer in her own right, eloped with the playwright and poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

The Royal Crescent Hotel stretches over houses 15 and 16 at the centre of the crescent. This house was used as a residence and to host blue stocking events by Elizabeth Montagu. The blue stocking movement was an informal women’s social and educational movement that emerged in the 18th century. The society brought together women with an interest in education to gather together and discuss literature.

The Royal Crescent Hotel is proud of the history of the building and many of the rooms are named after historical characters including the Sir Brinsley Sheridan Suite, the Elizabeth Linley room and the Ralph Allen Suite named after the famous Bath resident that founded the post office.

History of the hotel

Number 16 the Royal Crescent became a guest house in 1950, but it wasn’t until 1971 that it was combined with number 15 to become The Royal Crescent Hotel. Since then the hotel has had three owners, John Tham, the chairman of the London Sloane Club in the late 1970’s, the Von Essen Hotels chain and now Topland Group who bought the property in 2012.

Famous sightings of the Royal Crescent in film and television

-Catch Us If You Can (1965)
-The Wrong Box (1966)
-Time Team (2003)
-Jane Austen’s Persuasion- TV edition (2007)
-The Duchess (2008) featuring Kiera Knightley

Quotes

“The beautiful situation of the crescent cannot be understood by any comparison with anything in any town whatsoever.” Famous literary hostess, Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, 1780

“I consider that staying at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is one of my great luxuries. Whether I am performing at the Theatre Royal or visiting the great city if Bath, I always look forward to having my favourite hotel as my base.” David Suchet MBE

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