For those with a preference for symmetrical photographs, Palladian architecture is a dream. This ornamental bridge is from 1755, from the Georgian revival of the style, and obeys its principles of restrained classical ornament, order and perfect proportion.
The bridge is nestled at the bottom of the rolling green valley of Bath’s Prior Park, a landscape garden designed by Capability Brown and Alexander Pope. A herd of cows arranged themselves very prettily on the lower slopes, obligingly illustrating the garden’s careful balance of nature and order, and but for a few of the roofs of Bath in the distance it might be an eighteenth-century engraving.
Atop the hill is the 1740s house which is now a fenced-off fancy school, and so was out of our reach in a number of ways. I liked the pretty proportions of the windows.
The two buildings are set neatly into the curve of the valley, accenting but not dominating the lush greenery of the carefully planned garden. The park ends in a lake, where the reflection of the bridge gives its symmetry an extra axis on a sunny spring day.