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.

Monday, May 4, 2015


This design was inspired by  a number of things.

An important part of the regeneration work is the provision of more trees, both in the planters and in the ground in the central reservation on the road. More greenery will  provide a natural display of the changing seasons in a built up area and help absorb traffic noise and air pollution, enhancing the local environment.

Snow Hill and the northern slopes of Bath have their own natural springs. In the 1860's the medical officer for Bath reported that everyone in the area was very healthy for such a highly populated area, due to the fresh water springs, which flowed down the hill to the communal pumps and fountains supplied by landlords.
The same springs also supplied clean water for the many breweries and Inns along the London Road from Georgian times and even further back in time for the vineyards on the warm south facing slopes.
Current residents have commented that for them, spring time is marked by the noisy frolicking of the many cats in the area!

These various aspects of spring are combined in this design, where spring has the double meaning.


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