Geeky Economics Request

I see in Wikipedia the following:

Ricardo became interested in economics after reading Adam Smith\’s The Wealth of Nations in 1799 on a vacation to the English resort of Bath. This was Ricardo\’s first contact with economics. He wrote his first economics article at age 37 and within another ten years he reached the height of his fame.

Ricardo\’s work with the stock exchange made him quite wealthy, which allowed him to retire from business in 1814 at the age of 42. He then purchased and moved to Gatcombe Park, an estate in Gloucestershire.

Gatcombe Park is of course where the Princess Royal lives now. But other than that, does anyone know the address in Bath where Ricardo first read Smith?

Being a Bathonian and, as is well, known, something of an economics geek, I\’d love to find out. Any ideas? Any ideas about how to even find out?

3 thoughts on “Geeky Economics Request”

  1. Have you tried Bath Tourist Information Centre? They may be able to give you details of a blue badge walking tour guide who might know. I can’t find a Bath Local History Society on the interweb but there’s bound to be one.

    Tim adds: Good thought. I think they’re called “Mayor’s Guides” (long time since I actually lived Bath). I found Sraffa’s collection of his letters and there’s a reference to 1 Widcombe Place (I think it was) but that’s from much later, 1823.

  2. I am pretty sure that there is one of those plaques on the wall – I saw it in the mid-80s.

    I seem to remember that it was in a row of white two storey townhomes across a small street from a straightish section of river. Perhaps 1/4 mile from the center of town.

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