City Of Bath

Ever since the founding of the City of Bath in AD 44, it has been famous for its mineral spring waters. Although the city is best known for the historic Roman baths, it is in its Georgian architecture that the city truly shines.

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The city maintained its prosperity through the Middle Ages. However, it was through its conversion to a Georgian showcase that the city came into its own. Not only the city itself, but also the surrounding villages developed into displays of the magnificent stone buildings for which the area is now known. Thanks to the architectural vision of John Wood and his backers the Duke of Chandos and Ralph Allen, the area was transformed into a wonder of stone-fronted homes and public buildings.

Bath gained prominence as a luxury meeting place for royalty and the wealthy thanks to the efforts of Beau Nash. Nash, an enterprising dandy, used his persuasion skills to entice the elite to come to Bath to mingle and be seen. Through the staging of balls and other society events, Bath continued to grow and prosper.

The baths themselves are among the most well-preserved in England. Next door is the 18th century Pump Room. Nearby are the abbey and the Circus. The Royal Crescent and the magnificent Upper Assembly Rooms are a short distance away. Many accommodation establishments in Bath are conveniently located nearby.

Bath makes an excellent base from which to explore the neighboring countryside. One of the fathers of Georgian Bath architecture, Ralph Allen, is buried in the churchyard of the nearby town of Claverton. The manor house there holds the first museum in England dedicated to American life.

The holiday cottage village of Combe Hay has a lovely walking trail that circles around for about two miles.

Nestled on the banks of the River Frome is the market town of Frome. There are buildings from several periods in the town. Some 18th century almshouses line the river banks.

Hinton Charterhouse is named for a 13th century priory located a mile away.

Four prehistoric camp sites and buildings from several eras are highlights in Mells. The Tudor manor house is offset by numerous thatched cottages and several well-maintained greens.

Midsomer Norton on the banks of the River Somer has a statue of Charles II in the church. The statue is a memorial to the King, who is alleged to have hidden at Welton Manor nearby.

A small collection of stone cottages and Midford Castle are highlights of Monkton Combe. The castle is said to have been built with the gambling winnings of Henry Roebuck.

Samuel Pepys was a fan of the church bells in the village of Norton St. Philip.

Nunney lies on the east edge of the Mendips. Although small, its castle built in 1373 has a rather unusual rectangular design.

Wansdyke, the 50-mile long earth work that extends from Hampshire to to Dundy Hill, passes through the Georgian Bath region. This section is one of the best-preserved portions of the Wansdyke.