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Quirky Bath: You may now kiss Mrs White-Christmas – how romance, a civic ceremony and an accident of surnames produced a special moment in Aquae Sulis

Bath experienced a white Christmas in November when Mr White married Miss Christmas at the Roman Baths. The Dorset couple had planned to tie the knot in July but were forced to postpone the wedding due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The couple met while at school and because of their surnames they felt it was too good an opportunity to miss and so combined the names becoming Mr and Mrs White-Christmas.

The BBC reported that business student Mrs White-Christmas said:

Mrs White-Christmas, 20, said: “I wanted to keep the name going. It just so happens the man I am marrying has the perfect surname to go with it.”

Their original plans to get married in July at another venue were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Business student Mrs White-Christmas said: “It took us time to twig that our surnames came together as White-Christmas.

“We first realised at our secondary school prom when our friend uploaded pictures to social media using #WhiteChristmas.”

The wedding service for the couple, from Bridport, was performed beside the Great Bath, with a reception for 15 guests.

Under England’s new four-week lockdown, weddings are not allowed to take place apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Bath has been placed in Tier 2 under the latest Covid-19 Government restrictions.

More Bath news in December’s issue of Bath Voice. Details at

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The Gore in Bear Flat, Bath – the city’s smallest park

Quirky Bath: the smallest park in the city features a Victorian fountain and a bus stop – plus it runs along the side of a Roman road

Plans are afoot to restore a Victorian drinking fountain in Bear Flat and to enhance the green space known as The Gore behind it. 
A group of residents of the south Bath community and part of the Bear Flat Association have tasked themselves with improving the green space and its Victorian fountain.
In Middle English the word gore is the word for a triangular strip of land and also for a spear point.
Wellsway runs on one side of the green and Bloomfield Road on the other – which is part of the old Roman road known as the Fosse Way. Full story in the December issue of Bath Voice magazine – out on December 1st.

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Quirky Bath: a poem about a horse that died on one of Bath’s steepest roads is marked with a horse trough – the road is part of the Roman Fosse Way that linked the hot springs to Exeter and Lincoln

The short cut on foot from Bear Flat to Bath City Centre is down the incredibly steep hill known as Holloway. Half way up is a horse trough now sadly neglected which features a plaque with a poem on it – echoing perhaps William Blake poem Auguries of Innocent: “A Horse misus’d upon the Road, Calls to Heaven for Human blood.”

The road is the most direct route in from the South West and the modern A367 – until that main road takes a slightly less steep way snaking around the hill capped by Alexandra Park.

Bath History Tours websites notes of the hill: “The constant traffic into Bath, plus the rain water may have ‘hollowed out a deeper and deeper track, giving rise to its name. The path of this section would have been very steep and today’s traffic diverts down a much smoother route along the current A367 after the 19th century Turnpike company decided it was too dangerous for traffic.

“You can get a good sense of this last descent into Bath from this passage of 1801, by the Rev’d Richard Warner in his Excursions from Bath:

“‘The approach to Bath, on the west side, had for ages been down a steep rugged concavity… called Holloway…’ he goes on to describe the seasonal beggars and the coal mining animals who reside in this district.”

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Pigs, chickens, goats and a fabulous view of the city – Bath City Farm marks 25 years as a community resource

One of Bath’s best kept secrets in high up on a hill overlooking the city where pigs and chickens scratch at the grass and cluck and snort in their pens.

It has been a quarter of a century since Bath City Farm opened. This autumn the farm marks 25 years since it opened when there were no animals, a play park or a volunteer cabin. It began with two shipping containers, a lot of passion and one big idea – to create a community farm that could transform lives.

The idea of a city farm for Bath goes back earlier than 1995 to a formation of an association to create a city farm in 1985. In 1990, a group of local residents finally took a lease on a piece of land left abandoned after a dairy farm ceased its operations.

Despite 2020 and its Covid-19 crisis the farm is a valuable resource for the city for more visit

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The tree that defies all that’s wrong with urban development

The lone London Plane Tree standing guard at the end of Widcombe Parade in Bath, following the emasculation of the community when a row of houses was destroyed to create a road to ease traffic congestion is a reminder that communities come first.

Despite this wrong, Widcombe has seen a revival beginning with Widcombe Rising and with a community that sees a vibrant high street and a busy community centre.

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