Thomas Balwin

1750 -- 1820

Taking over a local building business in which he was a clerk, Thomas Baldwin ensured his name was linked with most of the prestigious building projects of Georgian Bath, including:

Argyle Street, Sydney Hotel & Gardens, Great Pulteney Street, The Pump Room, Cheap Street, The Guildhall, Kensington Chapel, and the King’ Bath.

The Guildhall, said to have one of the finest Adam-style interiors in the country, is a grandiose civic building designed in 1776, and features a set of giant chandeliers made two years later by William Parkeer. The impressive portraits of notables, including royals, tell the story of Bath.

In 1776 Baldwin was made the City Surveyor and in 1780 promoted to City Architect. In 1793 he appears to have retired from business life to live in his own house in Great Pulteney Street where he died in 1820.

Perhaps three of his most impressive achievements are The Pump Room,   the Sydney Hotel, and Great Pulteney Street in which The Carfax Hotel now maintains three town houses.