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Bath History!

The Romans developed the present site of Bath soon after they invaded Britain in AD 43. It was a strategic military location, being the place where the Fosseway (a Roman road) crossed the river Avon. The settlement was surrounded by rich farmland and supplies of lead and tin from the nearby Mendip hills. The warm spring must of seemed strange in this cold misty land, locals worshiped the spring and its god Sulis, the Romans linked the spring to Sulis to appease the locals and jointly dedicate the spring to the Roman goddess Minerva. The city of Aquae Sulis was thus founded.

By 1189 Bath receives its first Royal charter and the city is enlarged and a vast abbey on the site of the present building was constructed. Augustinian monks founded Bath's oldest charitable institution, St. John's hospital in 1180 and encouraged the sick and poor to benefit from the healing attributes of the hot springs. Eventually Bath became a city of weavers and a major manufacturing town. The 18th century brought new vigor to the city of Bath. Apothecaries flourished in Bath as the continued influx of visitors seeking fun, love and cure. Richard Nash the official master of ceremonies set the social standards of the day and Bath became popular with the elite of society. Bath was rebuilt in the classic style from 'Bath stone' the name given to the golden oolithic limestone quarried nearby. Politicians, artist, army officers and the rich frequented Bath.

Bath today is a thriving business,cultural and university city, offering superb shopping, hotel accommodation and NEW internationally renown Thermae Bath Spa.