View towards the Pleasure Gardens of Lyncombe Spaw, Bath c.1760
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The mineral springs at Lyncombe Spaw were discovered by Mr. Milsom in 1737 whilst he searched for a leak in a fishpond. The building of a facility in which to receive patients disturbed the ground to such a degree that the springs disappeared and the venture failed. Robins' sketch made from the steps of Widcombe Manor, shows a curious chinoiserie top to the mount, with the cascade and circular pond in front of it. Lyncombe House is in the center, slightly to the left. The Pleasure Gardens are just out of view over the brow of the hill. Rosemount Lane (formerly known as Rough Lane) can be seen rising to the right. At the time of Robins' sketch (c.1760) William Chapman, Mayor of Bath, lived in the house. This sepia pen and pencil sketch is inscribed No. 26. From a collection of 45 sketches of Bath by Thomas Robins the Elder (1716-1770). By kind permission of V&A Images.
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