Exploring Medieval Bath

Exploring Medieval Bath, Bath, England (B)

The city of Bath is famous for its Roman remains and Georgian architecture. But what happened in the intervening centuries? And where can you see evidence of medieval Bath today?

The Romans left Britain around 400 CE, and Bath sank into relative obscurity until its re-emergence as a fashionable spa town. We do know that the city was inhabited during the Saxon period. A monastery was established here, and King Alfred the Great fortified the town. However, the Roman baths were not maintained, and they gradually disintegrated into ruins and marshland.

After the Norman Conquest an abbey was built on top of the Saxon monastery. The hot baths were revived, and Bath became an important centre for the wool and cloth trade. The town was granted a market charter in 1189, increasing its wealth and power.

The Saxon and medieval towns closely followed the Roman layout. The city was a compact walled area, with limited development outside the walls.

Although the medieval city walls have almost disappeared, their route is still apparent. The northern and southern boundaries are now marked by the roads known as Upper Borough Walls and Lower Borough Walls. And Westgate Street and Southgate Street indicate the locations of two of the four original entrances to the city. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring Medieval Bath
Guide Location: England » Bath
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Karen Warren
Read it on Author's Website: https://www.worldwidewriter.co.uk/exploring-medieval-bath.html
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lower Borough Walls
  • Upper Borough Walls
  • Bridewell Lane
  • Parsonage Lane
  • Union Passage
  • Northumberland Place
  • Cheap Street
  • Bath Abbey
  • Sally Lunn’s Eating House
  • church of St Michael Without
  • Westgate Street
  • Southgate Street