About this blog

The London Road Gateway Project Bath aims to improve the public realm of the stretch of London Road, between Cleveland Place junction, and Morrisons Supermarket.

Bath based artist Jane Veveris Callan has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create decorative designs to go onto the tree planters, and grilles that will form part of the improvements.

Jane collaborated with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of Call of the Page, formerly known as 'With Words', to work with the community, gathering local history and stories as words, with haiku and renga poems, which have informed her resulting designs.

This blog has been created to share some of the creative process.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


All of the words that are used as part of the designs, were gathered from and inspired by talking to members of the community in the London Road and Snow Hill area. They shared stories about their lives, tales of past times and impressions of life, in what is a friendly, buzzing, culturally diverse and historically rich area.

The design facing east on the tree planter to be placed furthest east on the London Road, will also act as something of a 'welcome' signpost for visitors coming into the city. 

An interesting observation by locals was that the busy A4 road is like a fast flowing river, and the residents live on the banks of that river. This design is inspired by that concept. 

Since around 44AD when the Romans developed the hot water springs, and named the town 'Aquae Sulis', (Waters of the goddess Sul, a local deity) the London Road has been one of the busiest gateways into the city. Today, many people still come to live, work and visit Bath, via the London Road.

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