Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
The promotion advancement of science, literature and art
The original site of the Institution was Terrace Walk, by Parade Gardens. It replaced the Lower Assembly Rooms (Harrisons) which was burnt down in 1820.
Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.