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Friday, July 2, 2010

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey, aka The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, is adjacent to the Roman Baths and the Pump Room in the centre of the Georgian city.

This fine church is a Grade I listed building and an important historic momument in Bath as Edgar was crowned King of England here in 973.

Bath Abbey from the Roman baths

Formerly a 7th century Benedictine monastery, the cruciform building was renovated and enlarged from the 12th to 18th centuries as the now cathedral vied with nearby Wells Cathedral for prominence and power in the area.

Visitors should note the beautiful van vaulting of the 18th century renovation and memorials to such celebrated notables as: Arthur Phillip (the first Governor of New South Wales), Isaac Pitman (the originator of shorthand), William Hoare (the administrator of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Bath) and the US Senator William Bingham (a founder of the first bank in the US republic).

Bath Abbey
12 Kingston Buildings
Tel: 01225 422 462

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