Discovering Regency Bath and Bridgerton locations

Season one of Bridgerton is an eight episode series which premiered on Netflix on Christmas day 2020. Although it has been described as historical fantasy not fact it is great fun. Producer Shonda Rhimes  imagined an alternative regency period where Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III was of mixed race rather than of German descent and much of the aristocracy was also biracial.

The series is based on the regency novels of the best selling American author, Julia Quinn. The books follow the attempts made by Violet, the Dowager Viscountess  Bridgerton to marry off her eight children. The children helpfully have names in alphabetical order A-H. Series 1 focuses on the eldest daughter Daphne and her relationship with Simon, the newly created Duke of Hastings.

The first series is set in 1813 in London but much of it was filmed in other cities including Bath.  It has been described as a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Gossip Girl. Julie Andrews acts as narrator reading extracts from the anonymous Whistle Down Newsletter.

What is the difference between Georgian and Regency England? 

The Georgian period covers the reign of all four King Georges from 1714 to 1830. Regency just covers the period from 1811 to 1820 when George IV acted as regent for his father George III who went mad. 

I belong to a walk in the past historical walking group and on Sunday we were asked to meet at the Holburne museum for what our leader billed as a Bridgerton walk. I also took the opportunity to photograph a couple of doors for #Thursday doors, a weekly feature that lets door lovers from around the world come together to share photographs of doors and the stories behind them.

The Holburne museum

Although Bridgerton is set in London the film crew used locations around the country for many of the scenes. I enjoyed spotting many of my favourite Bath buildings. The Holburne museum  was used as Lady Danbury’s grand mansion and the scene of the ball in episode one where Simon and Daphne meet.

In real life it is a very good art gallery with a lovely coffee shop to the rear. At present it has a special exhibition of Venetian Canaletto paintings which I am looking forward to viewing.  It overlooks Sydney Gardens which is the last remaining Vauxhall pleasure garden.  Jane Austen and her friends would enjoy promenades and public breakfasts as well as balls and other entertainment in the gardens and it is still a lovely park to stroll in and get away from the hustle and bustle of central Bath.

Here are some more locations from Bath and a couple of extra doors for Thursday doors.

This was used as the dressmakers in bridgerton
The dressmaker’s shop Bridgerton

The Modiste shop run by Madame Delocourt. It is a shame about the green rubbish bags.

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Pitt House

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This front door once belonged to William Pitt, the younger, Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister who took office for the first time at the age of 24. He later became chancellor of the exchequer and was responsible for introducing income tax. It is on sale and can be yours for £3.5 million (4.5 million dollars). The house was designed by Thomas Baldwin as part of the Pulteney estate and built in 1792.

 Alfred house

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I think this is one of my favourite doorways in Bath. I particularly like the candle snuffers each side and the winch on the left to take goods including coal down to the basement. It was once owned by Catherine Macauley, one of the first female British historians. I think she must have been quite a character. She was described by a friend as “a very sensible and agreeable woman and much more deeply learned than beseems such a fine lady”. She wrote an eight volume history of England and travelled widely. Catherine even stayed with George Washington and his family at Mount Vernon. At the age of 47 she caused a scandal by marrying 21 year old William Graham. She greatly admired the Anglo saxons and the bust above the door is of Alfred the Great.

I could spot many Bath streets in Bridgerton as people went for carriage rides or promenades. When they were filming they covered the modern road surfaces with mud but in regency times the posh part of Bath would have had stone setts or cobbles. The paperboy walks along the Royal Crescent pavement to deliver the Whistle down news and if you fancy visiting the Feathringtons, number 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum. On Sunday hot air balloons were drifting over the green in front of the Crescent adding to the regency vibe.

Hot air balloons over Bath

If you enjoyed the costumes you might also enjoy a visit to Bath fashion museum

Visitors to Bath might like to check out prices for activities they can book on line with getyourguide. (#affiliate link).

Author: Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

10 thoughts on “Discovering Regency Bath and Bridgerton locations”

  1. I love the photos and the history. It’s always interesting to learn about the different areas in other countries. I had to look it up, because there are so many people named William Pitt, but the city where I grew up here in the US, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is named after William Pitt the Younger’s father.

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    1. I did not know that. His father was prime minister as well and the story is that the father would stand the younger Pitt on the table and let him pretend to make speeches in parliament.

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  2. Whilst I haven’t watched Bridgerton, what caught my eye was Bath. My late paternal grandmother lived in the area and I used to hear her talk about it. She migrated to Australia after meeting an Australian soldier recovering from war injuries at Sutton Veny Hospital. Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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