Portrait of a Parish - Page 2

General Description

Thus each part of our parish has something to say about life in Britain as a whole. For example, in the north, facing the Claverton Down Road, which rings the city of Bath on its southern rim, is another large school, named after the founder of 18th century Bath, Ralph Allen. Unlike Monkton Combe, this collection of rectangular blocks loudly proclaims its identity and purpose' a typical example of post-second-world-war educational architecture. It is built on part of what was once the Combe Grove estate, a dominant feature of the district for 300 years. The school playing fields run parallel to the woodlands below; now part of the grounds of the Combe Grove Hotel and Country Club. These wooded grounds stretch eastwards from Shaft Road, whose name is another link with the past - the shaft referred to was one of many from which Bath stone was extracted for the building of Georgian Bath - to Brassknocker Hill, at the eastern entrance to the hotel grounds. This eastern gateway faces a small but interesting group of houses across the road. One of them was once a coaching inn, the Brassknocker, a welcome respite for dray horses and wagons which had toiled up the steep hill, the clinking of the brasses on the harnesses giving the inn and hill their name. Another of these houses, Brewery Cottage, is a reminder that the inn brewed its own ale, as did the Viaduct Inn at the foot of Brassknocker. If we turn back through Combe Grove grounds, abundant with snowdrops, primroses and bluebells in their seasons, past the stylish manor and the new buildings which comprise the modern hotel, and risk being brained in crossing a nine-hole golf-course, we re-emerge onto Shaft Road.

fishing at Tucking Mill for the disabled

A lake, beneath a towering railway viaduct now unused, is reserved for the sole use of disabled fishermen, and only birdsong supplements its peace.

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