This afternoon in Bath's Guildhall, I gave my talk entitled "Summer Months in Braunschweig" to members of the Bath/Braunschweig Twinning Association. I arrived later than planned, after a slow ride on the bus through heavy traffic. There'd been an accident near Melksham, and the police had closed the main road. This meant that all the traffic had to travel through the narrow streets of the little town, and I arrived 15 minutes late at Pulteney Bridge in the centre of Bath. Bath Guildhall was built between 1775 and 1778 by Thomas Baldwin, and is a Grade 1 listed building. The facade has four ionic columns, and a statue of Justice stands proudly on the roof above the entrance. The day was cold and grey, and it was good to sit in the warmth of the impressive main entrance and wait for my friends to arrive.
We met in the Council Chamber, a magnificent room with corinthian columns and many original royal portraits hanging on the walls. A member of staff had set up the screen and projector which can be seen above. The photo below, gives another view of the chamber with curved seating for members of Bath City Council.
Fourteen members of the Twinning Association enjoyed my talk and photos about my life in Braunschweig during the summer months. A German student from the city, who is spending several months in Bath to improve his English, attended the meeting and mentioned that he had discovered something new about his home town during my talk.
The magnificent ceiling and small stained glass window of the Council Chamber.