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Bath Spa Station, Somerset, March 1950

Bath Spa Station, Somerset, March 1950


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Date: 23rd August 2007

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Bath Spa Station, Somerset, March 1950

A view of the Tudor style facade of Bath Spa station in Somerset decorated for the visit of HRH Princess Elizabeth on 3rd May 1950.
The station opened in 1840 and was only renamed Bath Spa in 1949 to distinguish it from the nearby Bath Green Park station

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1950 1950s Bath Royal Royal Visit Royalty Somerset Station Bath Spa Princess Elizabeth


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In this evocative photograph taken in March 1950, the Tudor-style facade of Bath Spa Station in Somerset is beautifully adorned for the highly anticipated visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth. The station, which first opened its doors to the public in 1840, was only recently renamed Bath Spa in 1949 to differentiate it from the nearby Bath Green Park station. The elegant architecture of the station, with its timber-framed gables, half-timbering, and ornate brickwork, is further enhanced by the festive decorations that have been carefully hung in anticipation of the royal arrival. The intricate floral arrangements, bunting, and regal banners add a sense of excitement and grandeur to the already impressive edifice. The 3rd of May 1950 was a significant day in the history of Bath Spa Station, as it marked the first time that a member of the British royal family had visited the station since its inception. Princess Elizabeth, who would later become Queen Elizabeth II, was on a tour of the southwest of England at the time and made a stop in Bath to meet with local dignitaries and residents. This photograph captures a moment in time when history and tradition intersected, as the timeless beauty of the Tudor-style station was brought to life by the excitement of the royal visit. The image transports us back to the 1950s, a time of optimism and hope, when the future of the monarchy and the country seemed bright and full of promise.

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