About Bath

Bath, architectural jewel, World Heritage Site, vibrant modern city, owes its very existence to an accident of geology. Water rises from the earths molten centre as hot springs.

Throughout recorded history these springs have made Bath famous from the Romans to the present day.

Dates in Bath History

A.D. 43 First overseas visitor, the Romans arrive.

A.D. 577 Saxons arrive

A.D. 781 Saxon Abbey built

A.D. 1107 Norman cathedral built

A.D. 1499 Current Abbey built

A.D. 1767 Royal Crescent built

A.D. 1771 Assembly built

A.D. 1810 Kennet and Avon canal opens

A.D. 1840 World’s first stamp posted from Bath

The Circus

The circus in Bath is a classic example of georgian Architecture and situated near The Royal Crescent. These buildings were designed by John Wood the Elder and work commenced on them in 1754 

The warm toned Bath stone used in the construction of the buildings of this period was obtained from Ralph Allens quarries at Combe Down, Bath.

Bath Abbey

The building of the magnificent Bath Abbey commenced in 1499 and in 1603 restoration work was required to make good damage incurred at the Dissolution. Further work between 1860-86 was necessary including the stone vaulting of the Nave. 

The present Abbey is built on the site of the original Saxon structure were in 973 Edgar, of the House of Wessex was crowned King of all England.

The Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent, consisting of 30 houses in an open design, faces a vast sloping lawn and gardens.The Crescent, built in a semi ellipse, was designed and built by John Wood the Younger in the late 18th century and now also includes the magnificent Royal Crescent Hotel. A few hundred yards away visitors will find The Circus designed by John Wood the Elder.

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