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13 April 2021

Sydney Gardens was Jane Austen's local park (although it was never called that) when she lived at 4 Sydney Place. When Peter Smithson goes in to it, he says that '"the walk now goes as quickly as possible – drawn like Orpheus into this other world." This is the world [writes Albert Hill] along the canal, a world of impressive bridges (nowhere else in the world are bridges so vital to the architectural spectacle of a place as in Bath), exquisite masonry...One of the notable things about Smithson's directions is their urgency: while we are encouraged to look, we are never encouraged to linger. There is always the sense that there's so much to see around the corner.' On tomorrow's Post, Smithson urges the reader up the hill to Lyncombe.

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