Bath: History

Bath Through The Ages Timeline

Timeline

Year Event Year Population 850BC Bladuds mythical Birth 1086 890 60 Romans arrive in Bath 1379 1025 400 Romans Leave 1660 1200 577 Saxons capture Bath at Battle of Dyrham 1699 3000 676 Osric...

King Bladud Pig Bath

Celtic Bath

Bladud Bath was founded by Bladud, the eldest son of the legendary King Lud. As a boy, Bladud contracted leprosy and was banished to Swainswick to become a pig farmer. One day as he...

Roman Bath

Aquae Sulis Although still mostly buried under magnificent Georgian streets, the Roman ruins in Bath are unsurpassed in Britain. About 2m below the present level of the city, the Romans started building their great...

The Ruin

Flooding finally ruined Bath wondrous temple and the Great Bath complex. Built in the slight hollow around the hot spring, the Baths and temple were particularly vulnerable to the rising water level of the...

King Arthur Bath History

The Middle Ages

King Arthur Bath is well known for being the site of the legendary battle of Badon, which the Welsh annals say was the twelfth and greatest battle fought by Arthur against the invading Saxons....

Georgian Bath

Bath’s population multiplied itself by well over ten times during the course of the 18th century. From a still small classic medieval city of just 2000 people, with its market place and many mangers...

Fosse way Roman Bath

The Fosseway

At Bath the River Avon crossed the Fosse Way and the major road from London to Wales. The Roman roads themselves followed great prehistoric routes that converged on the vital river-crossing at Bath. As...

The Civil War

Like many of Somerset’s fast-changing cities and towns, Bath’s population was deeply divided in the years leading up the Civil War. It was a division based on social, economic and religious grounds. The local...

World War 2

Strategic position Although some of Bath’s manufacturers were engaged on wartime production, producing gun mountings, torpedo parts, aircraft propellers and other products for military use, German Intelligence had not identified Bath as a strategic...

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