Postcards from England: Christmas 2016 — Yellow door at Royal Crescent

The famous Yellow Door at Number 22, Royal Crescent, Bath, England

The famous Yellow Door at Number 22, Royal Crescent, Bath, England

Dear Readers,

It seems that not all owners of penthouses in Bath’s Royal Crescent (built 1767 – 1774) felt compelled to adhere to tradition when it came to the requirement of all white doors in this finest example of Georgian architecture in the UK.  Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley personally took on the Bath Preservation Trust by painting the door and window sashes of Number 22 a decidedly different Primrose Yellow.  As you can imagine, there was much back and forth concerning this “most regrettable” choice of paint.  And, before the matter was fully resolved, Miss Wellesley-Colley passed away.  However, new owner of 22, Mr. Stephen Little, decided to keep the color of the door since repainting would cause an even greater stir than when Miss Wellesley-Colley first defied the authorities.  So it’s still yellow.  Tour guides enjoy pointing out the now-famous door.  And somewhere Miss Wellesley-Colley must be smiling!

View from the front lawn of Royal Crescent in Bath -- one of England's finest examples of Georgian architecture

View from the front lawn of Royal Crescent in Bath — one of England’s finest examples of Georgian architecture

Elegantly curved -- the Royal Crescent in Bath, England

Elegantly curved — the Royal Crescent in Bath, England — with mostly white doors!

–Rusha and Bert

For more information:  Check out “A clash of colour in the Crescent!” by Richard Wyatt.

For more Postcards from England:

Markets at Bath

Windows at Selfridges

Boots by the Door

Hamleys Toy Store

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

 

 

 

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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6 Responses to Postcards from England: Christmas 2016 — Yellow door at Royal Crescent

  1. What a handsome yellow door with its holiday wreath on display. 🙂

  2. JudyinFrance says:

    I love the story. Have a great Christmas!

  3. ralietravels says:

    Did they say how long ago the door was painted yellow? Just curious.

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