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