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BARRY TEMPERANCE CHOIR CONCERT.

FROM BARRY TO BATH.

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FROM BARRY TO BATH. ANNUAL OUTING OF THE BARRY MASTER BAKERS' ASSOCIATION. For the last ten years the aunual picnic excursion of the Barry Master Bakers and Con- fectioners' Association has been a most popular and successful event, marked of late years by a general holiday in the town, and attended, there- fore, by a highly respectable company of ladies and gentlemen, who spend in each others genial company a most enjoyable day. The outing this year took place on Wednesday last, in delightful summer weather, the place selected by the Associa- tion for the present occasion being Bath, and a company numbering close upon 150 entered upon the journey by rail in the morning, in special through carriages provided by the Barry Railway Company, leaving home shortly after seven, and Bath was reached after a quick run before ten o'clock. Amongst the company were Mr C. H. Lewis (president of the Association), Mr and Mrs J. Spickett, Mr and Mrs T. Philipps, Mr B. A. Walker, Mr P. Lennox, Mr M. Davies (solicitor), Mr J. H. Reed, Mr and Mrs J. D. Watson, Mr T. Davies, Mr and Mrs D. Lloyd, Mr and Mrs J. R. Llewellyn, Mr and Mrs W. M. Lloyd, Mr and Mrs F. Maisey, Mrs G. Barnes, Mr P. R. Pentecost, Mr O. G. Fenn, Mr J. Westall Misses Westall, Mr J. G. Thomas, Mr F. C. Griffin, Mr and Mrs Jeffreys, Mr W. Butland, Mr W. Chick, Mr and Mrs Levers, Mr G. Curtis, Mr Wood, Mr R. Bissatt, Mr T. Edwards, Mr R. Weaver, Mr A. H. Huntley, Mrs Dando, Mr E. Jones, Mr R. O. Jones, Mr W. Palmer, Mr and Mrs G. H. Burnett, Mr T. Davies (Barry), Mr T. Lloyd, &e. Bath is a charming inland town, and is one of the most interesting, enjoyable, and attractive places which could possibly have been visited by any party bent upon spending a pleasant holiday The celebrated and beautiful SomerEetshire town is singularly situated, being built partly on the sloping sides of a nearly circular basin. The streets are well laid out. terraced one above another, and partly in the deep valley beneath, through which the stately Avon flows. Bath, the birthplace of Gildas, the famous sixth century historian, was at one time a Roman station of considerable repute, mentioned by Ptolemy under the name of Aqua Calidar. It is also mentioned in the Itinerarium of Antoninus under the appellation of Aqllæ Soils. It is intersected by the ancient Roman road, leading from London to Wales, and by the Fosse, a road leading from Lincolnshire to the South Coast. Considerable Roman remains have been discovered in Bath, and in the city itself the foundations of extensive buildings have been traced, including portions of a large temple, which are still preserved and were inspected by the Barry party on Wednesday, at the Institution, the party being kindly conducted by Mr F. Taylor (son of Alderman Taylor) and several Corporation officials. Bath is one of those singularly fortunate towns which did not fall into utter decay when the Roman occupation ceased. The fame of its waters continued throughout Saxon times, for we find it known as the city of Valetudinarians, and was a place of much repute. On the site of the Roman temple of Minerva, Osric, King of the Hwiccas, founded a nunnery, for which a monastery was substituted by Offa, King of Mercia. In the struggle between Rufus and Robert, Bath was sacked and burned. It owed its restoration to John de Villula, Bishop of Somersetshire, who chose it as the seat of his see in preference to Wells. During the Civil War, in the reign of Stephen, Bath was in possession alternately of the forces of the King and of the Empress Matilda. It was garrisoned for Charles I., taken by the Parliament, recovered by the Royalists after the determined battle of Lansdowne—fought on the adjacent heights between Sir Bevil Grenville and Sir William Waller, in which the former was slain-and in 1645 the town was finally given up to the Parliamentarians. Charles II. visited Bath in 1663; Queen Charlotte resided there in 1817. Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark also visited the town, and caused it to grow into favour the celebrated Beau Nash greatly contributed by his influence to its improve- ment and its popularity has this week been accentuated in a manner which excels all others by the visit of the Barry Master Bakers' Association thereto last Wednesday. The borough charter was granted to Bath by Richard I.; it was made a cor- porate city by Queen Elizabeth, and another charter was granted thereto by George III. The property of the corporation are extensive, and include the hot springs of the baths and pump rooms, the cold springs which supply the town with water, the market tolls, and considerable lands and houses in the best part of the charming city, amongst the most prominent places in which are the Circus, the North and South Parades, Queen- square, the Royal, Lansdowne, and Cavendish Crescents, several fine promenades, the Royal Victoria Park, Sydney Gardens, the Abbey Church (a handsome relic of the old monastery which flourished from the earliest ages of Christianity) a Jewish Synagogue, the Colleges, the Guildhall, and a host of other places of attraction and interest. There are also some lovely drives and delightful bits of scenery in the vicinity of the city, and these too were taken full advantage of by the party of visitors from Barry on Wednesday afternoon. After spending a couple of hours doing the sights of the city, the party adjourned to the Assembly Rooms, where dinner, praised by all for its un- doubted excellence, was provided by the celebrated local restaurateurs, Messrs R. Fisher and Company, and after thorough justice had been done to the capital spread, a short toast list was gone through. The Chairman (Mr C. H.Lewis) submitted the Royal Toast, and it was received most loyally.— Mr J. R. Llewellyn proposed The Military j Toast," and it. was responded to by Mr G. Curtis. The principal toast, that of Success to the Milling and Baking Industries," was submitted by Mr W. Butland, and suitably acknowledged by Mr Wood i and Mr J. D. Watson. The Visitors" was en. trusted to Mr J. Spickett, and spoken to in reply by Mr Fred Taylor (of Bath) and Mr Morgan Davies (solicitor, Barry). Mr B. A. Walker gave The Chairman," and the health of Mr Lewis was drank with enthusiasm. — This concluded the toast list, the remarks of the different speakers being both happy and appropriate. The afternoon was devoted to drives into the beautiful surrounding country and other places jot interest and enjoyment.

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