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The first view of the Abbey at the time the book was written: a free-standing lift shaft-cum-fume extractor for the car park.
The Sack of Bath
‘The Sack of Bath was the product of the collective cultural blindness of those who ran Bath four decades ago,’ writes Adam Fergusson in his Preface,‘and of the simmering, bursting indignation of those who cared about it. Its publication in 1973 was the culmination of an already prolonged effort to lever the progressive destruction of Bath’s Georgian character into the popular consciousness. If it came too late to save much, it was in time to save a great
‘The Stones of Bath’ 1962, a textile designed by John Piper for Sanderson and Son.
  deal more – and not only in one city.’ For, it is true, the book had a much wider effect than the purely local, for example the fight to save Covent Garden was helped by the campaigners’ fury. So this book, which is copiously illustrated with photographs of Bath (some of which were taken by Snowdon) during and after the sack, is both important and influential; and it is in many respects as relevant today as it was when first published.
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