The Sack of Bath
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The Sack of Bath

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Paperback, 81 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Persephone Books (first published May 1973)
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This book points out the seemingly-ill planned and destructive act of modernizing Bath, England, in the early 1970s. I am old enough to remember similar actions occurring in familiar areas in the U.S. along about that same time period. We all wanted to be modern and life would be better with those plain, square-cornered cracker box buildings I guess. Reading it reminds me how quickly the corporate business world can ignore heritage and how hard it is to preserve part of a culture when it is bein...more
A sad story of the destruction of much of Georgian Bath in the 1960s. The up side is that this book and the protests that engendered and followed it seem to have prevented the city being totally destroyed in the name of modernisation. Full of wonderful photographs.
The Sack of Bath was written in 1973 in response to the decisions made by Bath City Council to demolish large swathes of Georgian cottages in order to provide the city with newer houses, better access and improved facilities. Fergusson acknowledges that the aim itself was admirable but the ways in which they sought to accomplish it were misguided. With words and pictures he illustrates the ongoing destruction of Bath and issues a heartfelt plea for it to be stopped and more reasonable measures,...more
Brusque and unabashedly polemic...a great work of activism that is fresh even today. I visited Bath in the 1980s and had no idea that the city had been so devastated by urban renewal. Fergusson's introduction does a good job of answering the inevitable question--what happened since the book was first written?

I was struck by this statement: "The from nine to five every day, sitting in comfortable offices, figures and plans and projects at their finger-tips or simply in their min...more
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