SACRED CITY, SECRET CITY: A WALK IN BATH
With Anthony Thorley
The renowned Palladian terraces, squares and crescents of eighteenth-century Bath make it one of the most admired provincial cities in Europe and a designated World Heritage site. But behind the piecemeal development and commercial expansion of the Spa City, providing entertainment, healing waters and personal restitution, there is a hidden scheme of carefully planned exactitude, taking into account the symbolism of celestial constellations represented in the street plan and the role of key solar alignments.
My extensive research has shown that this hidden scheme was apparently Freemasonic in origin and reflects both the ambitions and aspirations of the early members of the Craft from the 1720s and their unique combination of ancient traditions such as the mythical King Bladud and the burgeoning principles of the new enlightenment. This walk will visit the key features of this Masonic Scheme and explore its underlying motive and the hidden symbolism incorporated into buildings which still miraculously survive into our own times.
The walk will last about two hours and is all downhill! It will commence in the centre of Lansdown Crescent, passing through all the famous crescents and squares so as to eventually arrive at the Holburne Art Gallery in Great Pulteney Street.
Numbers are restricted to 15. The charge is £10.
Date and time: Thursday 15th September 2016, 8.30 - 10.30 am
Meeting Place: Outside BRSLI at 8:25 am to start the tour sharp at 8:30 am
*** WALK CANCELLED ***
About Anthony Thorley
Anthony Thorley is a retired consultant psychiatrist and medical policy administrator who has been researching landscape energies, myths and historical traditions for over twenty years. In 2006 he graduated with an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University, developing his dissertation research into a forthcoming book on the Masonic vision of eighteenth-century Bath, provisionally entitled Sacred City, Secret City. In 2009 he published his first novel, Well Below Average (Archive).
Since 2011 he has been pursuing postgraduate research for a PhD on the conceptual basis of landscape zodiacs as sacred space as well as exploring the symbolic and practical intricacies of the Iron Age Coligny Calendar. He is a tutor on the MA CAA course at University of Wales, Trinity St David, where he teaches on the Sacred Geography module. He lives near Bath.
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Some of the photos courtesy by Gaia Somasca