Roman Bath, Somerset, UK

Bath, in Somerset, South West England, near south-east of Bristol, Wales; I’d like walking back in time. Many of the roads are still cobblestone.

The city, is in the valley of the River Avon, and a World Heritage Site since 1987.

The city had the Latin name Aquae; “the waters of Sulis,” since AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although oral tradition suggests that the hot springs were known before then.

Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century becoming a religious centre and the building was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.

Since the 17th century claims were made for the curative properties of the water from the springs and Bath became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, leaving a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from Bath stone, including the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms.

Bath may have been the site of the Battle of Badon (c. 500 AD), in which King Arthur is said to have defeated the Anglo-Saxons.

The city fell to the West Saxons in 577 after the Battle of Deorham; the Anglo-Saxon poem, “The Ruin” may describe the appearance of the Roman site about this time.

5 thoughts on “Roman Bath, Somerset, UK

    1. Thank you so much!!! Bath was founded by the Romans; a place of ancient and immense beauty. The spa and baths are heated naturally, as the Royal Crescent spa and all are so well preserved. It was left untouched and the city was not during the War.

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