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Did you know that the world’s first postmark was stamped at Bath on May 2nd 1840? The letter was addressed to a house in Peckham , London. Rowland Hill ’s new-fangled penny black stamps had been distributed country-wide for a grand first day launch on May 6, but Bath’s Broad Street main Post Office jumped the gun and began selling them on May 2.

Did you know that Pulteney Bridge in Bath, which has shops on both sides of its span, is one of just four such structures remaining in the world? Similar developments were not uncommon in bygone times. The bridge was designed by Robert Adam (his only work in Bath) and may have been based on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, or possibly the design Palladio submitted (and had rejected) for the Rialto in Venice.

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Ann Widdecombe
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Bill Bailey
Charles Prestwich Scott
Chris Patten
Edgar the Peaceful
Edward Neale
Henry Cole
Henry Prince
Jeremy Guscott
Percy Pilcher
Sir William Parry
William Lonsdale

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The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down. - Samuel Johnson
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