26 July 2013

Post 14) Italianate Beauty

George Townesend completed the rebuilding of All saints Church tower in Corn Street in 1717. The coursed Bath stone rubble and ashlar tower rises 88 feet, capped by an Italianate balustraded parapet, with octagonal lantern. 8 pairs of  corinthian shafts support arches which in turn support a great moulded cornice which is surmounted by Luke Henwoods great plain dome, ball finial and golden cross of 1807. 

As city surveyor, he replaced the original bell shaped dome of 1717. The upper lantern-dome stage is 50 feet high, making 138 feet in all to the cross. Work in progress.

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