Our new shop address - 2 Abbey Street in Bath

by Silvana de Soissons3rd November 2016

 

A fresh start, a new shop…..

 

A few days ago we opened the doors to our new Bath shop – a new location, a fresh start at 2 Abbey Street, in Abbey Green, BA1 1NN.

 

We are right at the centre of the city, next door to Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths.

 

Our artisan food, drinks and homewares shop is now on two floors – ground and first – and you can have tea, coffee, cake, wines or juice after you browse too.

 

Our shop is housed in a beautiful Georgian building, Elton House, which is owned by the Landmark Trust and can be rented for reunions and holidays.

 

We love our new location – so central and yet tucked away from the main hubbub of Stall Street and Southgate. So many customers and tourists come in and immediately feel the slower pace, the peace and quiet {no muzak, no wi-fi} and the history of the architecture.

 

A little bit of history…….

 

Elton House overlooks Abbey Green, a square filled with quirky shops, tearooms and restaurants, situated near Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, right in the centre of Bath.

 

Abbey Green was once the site of the kitchen garden and orchard managed by monks for the Bishop’s Palace in the 13th and 14th centuries.

 

The earliest part of the house is believed to date from before 1700, but it was enlarged and refronted by Elizabeth and Jacob Elton, who was the sheriff and mayor of Bristol, when they purchased the lease from the Duke of Kingston. During the Georgian era, during the reign of the first four Hanoverian kings of Britain, George I, George II, George III and George IV, from 1714 – 1830, many visitors came to Bath to take the mineral spa waters and to spend the social season outside of London. Elton House was a lodging house with a grand sweeping staircase and fine woodwork features.

 

The smell, noise and overcrowded city centre soon lost its allure for the wealthier visitors, who then moved to take lodgings up the hill, in Gay Street, The Circus, the Royal Crescent, Sion Hill and Lansdown. The lodgings at number 2 Abbey Green were then turned into a shop and small cottage. A shoe cobbler, dress shop owner and Antique dealer, Philippa Savery, were tenants at number 2, and in 1982 the latter donated the house to the Landmark Trust, along with all its furniture.

 

Locals still remember the indomitable Ms. Savery – they also recount when the shop was used as the location for Felicity Kendall’s sitcom “The Mistress”. After she left new tenants came in, a fashion clothing shop and a bead shop. We saw the lease had come available in March 2016, and signed the documents in August. It took us nine weeks to do all the re-words – re-plumb, re-wire, re-paint etc. We opened on 10th October – and we look forward to welcome you soon!

About the Author

Silvana de Soissons is the founder of The Foodie Bugle Shop and its journal. You can follow her on Twitter @SilvanadeS and @TheFoodieBugle.

 
 
Photography by Jason Ingram at www.jasoningram.co.uk

Photography by Jason Ingram at www.jasoningram.co.uk