High pavement lantern trial

Our prototype lantern for the high pavement braved the rain and gales last night to show how the high pavement could look with gas light replica lanterns installed:

Hi Pvt lntn trial Oct 2019

The high pavement in Sydney Buildings was lit by gas lamps in about 1820.

The lanterns alternated between a round teardrop design and a square design.  A replica round design exists and could be used.

In order to examine feasibility of restoring this area we have commissioned a sample square lantern that matches early Bath examples:

sample HP lantern

Thank you to everyone who tuned out to see the lantern.  We will bring more news as the project develops.


Heritage Lampposts

Collaboration between Sydney Buildings residents and Bathnes Council culminated in the new LED lanterns being installed earlier this year.

The result is high quality low energy lighting, provided by replicas of the original electric lanterns in our street.

The project has been celebrated in this video:

Heritage LED Cast Crown Lantern

lantern video opening
Heritage Lantern


Sydney Buildings


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Sydney Buildings is a road on the edge of Bath, which is a UN World Heritage Site. It follows a contour on the lower slopes of the hill leading up to the Bath University campus. Beside it is the Kennet and Avon Canal, connecting Bath to a national network of inland waterways. There are still reminders of the working days of the canal, but the road has always been predominantly residential. It is an easy walk to the Roman Baths, the Spa, Bath Abbey, Bath’s Georgian architectural treasures and most of the city’s sights and amenities. Like Australia’s biggest city, Sydney Buildings and a number of nearby roads and gardens are named after Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney, who was a British government minister (Home Secretary) under George III.

This website provides information about Sydney Buildings and the activities of the Sydney Buildings Householders’ Association.