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Inside Bath flat used by Queen Charlotte for sale for £1.25million 

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Royal fans are being offered a chance to see what it was like to live like a queen in the past, as part of the Bath home of King George III’s wife, Charlotte, has come onto the market.

The building at 93 Sydney Place was where Queen Charlotte stayed when she spent time in Bath in 1817, and she used a section of the first floor as a ballroom.

Today, the entire first floor has been transformed into a stunning flat, which is currently for sale with a price tag of £1.25million. Period features that have been brought back to life in the renovated flat include a large curved door, ornate cornicing and a magnificent sun room.

Royal connections: The building at 93 Sydney Place was where King George III's wife, Charlotte, stayed when she spent time in Bath in 1817

Royal connections: The building at 93 Sydney Place was where King George III’s wife, Charlotte, stayed when she spent time in Bath in 1817

Alistair Heather, of Strutt & Parker – the estate agent handling the sale – said: ‘Queen Charlotte, consort to George III, lived at 93 Sydney Place in 1817, commemorated by a plaque on the exterior of the building, and is believed to have used the first floor as a ballroom during her stay.’

He added: ‘Bath has a great lineage of royal visitors over the years and it was very fashionable at the time of Queen Charlotte to come and stay in the city to use the Bath Spa.’

The first floor of 93 Sydney Place has been converted into a flat, which is on the market, via estate agents Strutt & Parker with an asking price  of £1.25million

The first floor of 93 Sydney Place has been converted into a flat, which is on the market, via estate agents Strutt & Parker with an asking price  of £1.25million

A decorative plaque on the exterior of the building highlights how Queen Charlotte stayed at the property during her time in the city

A decorative plaque on the exterior of the building highlights how Queen Charlotte stayed at the property during her time in the city

In times past (pictured): King George III and his wife, with his consort Charlotte Sophia, and some of their family

In times past (pictured): King George III and his wife, with his consort Charlotte Sophia, and some of their family

The space at the front of the converted first floor flat includes large doors that open out  onto a wide balcony overlooking Sydney Gardens

The space at the front of the converted first floor flat includes large doors that open out  onto a wide balcony overlooking Sydney Gardens

The flat has two bedrooms with double doors from the former ballroom leading to the largest bedroom that also contains a bath in the window

The flat has two bedrooms with double doors from the former ballroom leading to the largest bedroom that also contains a bath in the window

The flat boasts a range of features, from a sun room to 10 foot high wedding doors, which connect the main living room with the main bedroom. The doors can still be opened fully to create a dramatic front-to-back aspect through the property. 

There are also three bespoke chandeliers, which help to draw the eye to the ornate cornicing throughout the flat.

During our exclusive tour of the flat, Mr Heather explained: ‘The property is Grade I listed and recently renovated. The decorators only had to remove two layers of paint. The ceiling and cornice work is so fine.’

There are now two-bedrooms in the newly renovated flat, one behind the 10 ft wedding doors and the other in what used to be a kitchen. That room now has a mezzanine with space for a bed on the upper level and a fully-fitted shower room below.

The newly installed designer kitchen has a pop-up extractor fan set in the centre of the hob on the kitchen island and brushed brass accessories

The newly installed designer kitchen has a pop-up extractor fan set in the centre of the hob on the kitchen island and brushed brass accessories 

The balcony spans the width of the living room and enjoys views of Sydney Gardens, which is a landscaped park with a canal

The balcony spans the width of the living room and enjoys views of Sydney Gardens, which is a landscaped park with a canal

The careful renovation includes three bespoke chandeliers, other modern lighting touches, and some freshly painted ornate cornicing

The careful renovation includes three bespoke chandeliers, other modern lighting touches, and some freshly painted ornate cornicing

This Georgian shoe was found in the flat - they were  often left in buildings as a piece of history and as a mark of craftsmanship

This Georgian shoe was found in the flat – they were  often left in buildings as a piece of history and as a mark of craftsmanship

The new kitchen is now part of the main living area, which includes a large fireplace, a balcony with views across Sydney Gardens and new lighting.

Mr Heather said: ‘Due to the historical status of the building being Grade I listed, rewiring the property was very tricky.

‘The electrician used a rather ingenious way of running the wires from the switches to the chandeliers by tying the electrical wire to the end of a ferret’s tail. They then sent the ferret through into the wall using bait through the ceiling to bring it back through. In doing so, it brought the wires through.

‘While they were doing this work in the ‘ballroom’, the ferret emerged with a bit of bonus – a Georgian shoe found between the joists.

‘Georgian shoes were often left in a building like this as a piece of history and as a mark of craftsmanship.’

Sydney Place was designed and built by the architect John Pinch The Elder, and was considered the centre of fashionable life in Bath

 Sydney Place was designed and built by the architect John Pinch The Elder, and was considered the centre of fashionable life in Bath

The sun room sits above the main entrance to the block and is the perfect spot to enjoy the summer sunshine

The sun room sits above the main entrance to the block and is the perfect spot to enjoy the summer sunshine

Sydney Place was designed and built by the architect John Pinch The Elder, and was considered the centre of fashionable life in Bath.

It was home in the 19th Century to Jane Austen, who lived at number 4, and King William IV had a home at 103 Sydney Place.

More recently, the location has found fame in the Netflix series Bridgerton, which was mainly filmed in Bath, and one of the key locations is across the street – the Holburne Museum. 

Sydney Place has good access to public transport, being a short walk to Bath Spa station, which has mainline railway services to London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads.

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Social Democrats activists consider deferring request on leadership contest

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A group of Social Democrats activists who want to see a leadership election in the party is looking at deferring their request to consider such a contest until after a new general secretary is appointed to the party.

A draft letter to the party’s national executive, signed by two councillors and 14 others, seeking the leadership contest emerged on Friday evening.

The letter, which has not been sent to party authorities, requested the national executive meet to hold a vote to call a leadership election.

It pays tribute to the party’s current co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, who it states “have done exceptional work”, but adds that “it is now time to move to the next stage”.

The party released a statement later the same evening saying its TDs are “united behind co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall”. This statement was shared on Twitter by all six of the party’s Dáil Deputies.

One of the councillors who signed the draft letter, Kildare representative Chris Pender, responded with his own social media post saying: “Anyone who’s read the letter will know it states we don’t have an issue with the leaders, but we believe in the democratic right to vote for that/those leaders.

“A leadership contest would give members the opportunity to show support for the current leaders, if that’s what they want.”

Cllr Cat O’Driscoll, who sits on Dublin City Council, was the other public representative who signed the draft letter.

Motivations

Sources insisted the motivations behind seeking a contest include giving the Social Democrats’ membership a say in who leads the party, as well as an issue of timing. They say with no general election expected imminently, it would give the next leader time to prepare.

It was also revealed on Friday that Brian Sheehan, a former director of the Yes Equality campaign, is to step down from his role as Social Democrats general secretary in early September. The decision is not connected with the call for a leadership election and those behind the draft letter were unaware of Mr Sheehan’s decision to leave the job.

However, it has prompted a rethink of the request for a leadership contest.

The Irish Times understands the activists are considering a new version of the letter that takes Mr Sheehan’s departure into account and would not seek a discussion about a leadership contest until after his successor is in place and has had some time in the job. A source suggested the approach with any new letter would be “a bit more cautious”.

On Monday, a party spokeswoman ruled out any contest for the leadership, either before or after the appointment of a new general secretary.

“The rules of the party state any leader must be a TD and all of our TDs are united in their support for the party leadership. The general secretary position is entirely unrelated to the party leadership,” she said.

Ms Murphy and Ms Shortall have jointly led the Social Democrats since its establishment in 2015.


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Instagrammer captures abandoned Welsh property in series of eerie photographs

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Who would live in a house like this? Instagrammer photographs abandoned Welsh property – complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday, dishes still in the sink and a newspaper dating back to 1956

  • Photographs reveal the rooms have been untouched for decades and house opened bottle of Champagne  
  • Discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales 
  • Kyle said: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory’ 
  • ***Do YOU know who lived in the abandoned house? Contact izzy.nikolic@mailonline.co.uk*** 

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An abandoned Welsh house has been captured in a series of eerie photographs complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday and dishes still in the sink.  

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx.’  

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. 

A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up and dishes still in the sink.

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: 'Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can't be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx'

Pictured: A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx’

The property has been dubbed 'Granddad's abandoned house' after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property 

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex (pictured) while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

Mr Urbex said: 'I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn't too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open'

Mr Urbex said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open’

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales.

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home.’

He said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open.

‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many.

‘The porch area had been trashed, however the seating still remained intact and of course the champagne bottle for his 90th birthday still left on the fireplace.

He added: 'Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many'

Dishes are left undone in the sink in the kitchen

He added: ‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house. He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was’

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone's 'dream family home'

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home’

Mr Urbex added: 'Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind'

Mr Urbex added: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind’

‘I found it quite sad really given all the memories just left to be forgotten about. As well as the house there was a caravan hidden at the back in all the overgrowth which had more memories inside, old books and so on.

‘I managed to uncover an old bike in the shed which looked like it had been there quite a while.

‘Alongside all of these findings I came across a newspaper dated from November 3 1956.’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house.

He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was.

‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind.’

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Foley to bring school reopening plan to Cabinet on Tuesday

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Minister for Education Norma Foley says she has every confidence schools will reopen fully from late August and early September.

Ms Foley said there was ongoing engagement between her department and public health officials on the matter but all schools were set to reopen.

Strong mitigation measures would be in place in schools to ensure that they would continue to be controlled environments, she told RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show on Monday.

Covid-19 infection rates among children were at their highest when children were not at school and public health experts had pointed out “on a consistent basis to schools being a very significantly controlled environment”.

The safe operation of the Leaving Certificate exams and enhanced summer camps indicated that the safe operation of education could be maintained, she said.

A plan would be put in place to allow schools to “draw down” CO2 monitors and the Minister said she was confident there would be enough monitors for all schools by the start of the new school year.

In relation to Covid-19 vaccines for children, Ms Foley said the “expertise” lay with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) from which her department would take guidance.

“I have received confirmation that the 16 to 18-year-old cohort should be in a position for online registration in the coming days, and I have been advised that the 15-year-olds cohort are still being considered by NIAC and there has been no definitive timeline given,” she added.

Ms Foley will bring a plan to Cabinet on Tuesday outlining enhanced public information campaigns, the outcome of antigen testing pilots, and the purchase of C02 monitors to assist in ventilating classrooms.

Capacity limits on school transport services will also remain in place.

Government sources were adamant on Sunday that second-level education would resume in the autumn, despite concerns among public-health officials that the wave could grow following the reopening of indoor dining today, before peaking in September.

“Schools will reopen,” a senior Coalition source said.

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