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Timeline of Bath, Somerset
The following is a
timeline of the history of the city of Bath, Somerset, England.
1st to 5th centuries c. 60s - First Roman temple structures built, around the hot water springs; completed by 76.
Early: Baths extended.
Late: Baths vaulted. 3rd century - By this time,
Bath city walls are built for defence. 300-350 - Evidence for Christians in Bath.
5th century - Bath largely abandoned.
6th to 10th centuries 516 -
Battle of Badon: A famous battle against the Saxons, where a progenitor of King Arthur is said to have been victorious; perhaps on Bathampton Down. 577 -
Battle of Deorham: Bath is captured by the West Saxons. and, being north of the  River Avon, then falls within the Saxon petty-kingdom of the Hwicce. 628 - Following the
Battle of Cirencester, the Hwicce come under the rule of the kingdom of Mercia. 676 - Abbess Berta founds a convent under the protection of
Osric, king of the Hwicce. 757 -
Cynewulf of Wessex grants land in Bath to monks of St Peter. 781 -
Offa of Mercia takes control of the monastery from the Bishop of Worcester. 878 - Bath becomes a royal borough (
burh) of Alfred the Great, in his kingdom of Wessex (and also in the county of Somerset).  c. 900 - Market active.
 973 - 11 May (Whitsunday):
Edgar, King of England 959-975, is crowned and anointed with his wife Ælfthryth at Bath Abbey by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury. The  Church of St Swithin, Walcot, is founded at about this date. c. 980 - Ælfheah becomes abbot of Bath.
11th to 17th centuries
1087 - Town, Abbey and mint pass to
John of Tours. 1090 - John of Tours,
Bishop of Wells, moves the episcopal seat to Bath, giving it city status. Early 12th century? - King's Bath built.
1102 - Bath
fair active.  1137 - Major fire.
 1148-1161 - Abbey consecrated between these dates.
 c. 1174 -
St John's Hospital founded. 1273 - Old Bridge extant.
1285 - Church of St Michael's Within built in
St John's Hospital. c. 1333 - Monks of the abbey establish a weaving trade in Broad Street.
 1371 - Market mentioned in charter.
c. 1435 - Hospital of St Catherine established.
1482 - "
Sally Lunn's House" built. c. 1495 - St Mary Magdalen, Holloway, built as a chapel to a leper's hospital.
 1499 - Abbey found derelict by Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who begins its reconstruction.  1533 - Rebuilding of Abbey substantially completed by this date.
 1539 - January:
Dissolution of the Monasteries: Abbey surrendered. 1552
The roofless Abbey is given to the corporation of Bath
for restoration as a parish church.  Dr. John Jones makes the first public endorsement of the medicinal properties of the city's water. 1576 - Queen's Bath built.
1578 - Drinking fountain installed in the Baths.
1590 - Bath chartered (city status confirmed) by
Elizabeth I.  1597 - Deserving poor given free use of the mineral water.
 1608 - Bellott's Hospital established.
1616 - Abbey Church consecrated.
 1625-1628 - Guildhall rebuilt.
 1643 - 5 July:
Battle of Lansdowne fought near the city. 1657 - Regular coach service from London.
1676 - Dr.
Thomas Guidott publishes A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there. Also, Some Enquiries into the Nature of the water, the first published account of the medicinal properties of the city's water. 1677 - West Gate pub in business.
1680 - Supposed origin of the
Sally Lunn bun. 1687 - Mary of Modena, queen consort of James II of England, visits in the hope that Bath waters would aid conception; by the end of the year she is pregnant with James Francis Edward Stuart.
View of Bath, 18th century
Queen Anne visits. 1704 - First pump-room built;
 Richard "Beau" Nash is appointed Master of Ceremonies. 1705 - First theatre in the city built.
 1707 - Bath Turnpike Trust established.
 1708 - Harrison's Assembly Rooms, with a riverside walk, open.
1711 - Bluecoat school founded as a charity.
 1712 - March:
Ralph Allen appointed postmaster. 1715 - Church of St Michael's Within in
St John's Hospital rebuilt to the design of William Killigrew. 1720 -
Ralph Allen begins to farm the Cross and Bye Posts in the south west of England. 1717 - Approximate date: Green Street developed.
 1721 - Bluecoat school opens.
 1724 - James Leake (bookseller) in business.
  1725-1727 - Guildhall extended.
John Wood, the Elder, executes his first private commission in Bath, a new building for St John's Hospital.  1727-1736 - Beaufort Square laid out by
John Strahan.   1727
Queen Square laid out by John Wood, the Elder.  1730s - Parade Gardens laid out.
1731 - A
tramroad is opened to carry building stone from Ralph Allen's Combe Down mine through his Prior Park estate down to the Kennet and Avon Canal. c. 1733
1738 - Royal visit by
Frederick, Prince of Wales with Princess Augusta, marked by erection of an obelisk in Queen Square.  1739
c. 1741 -
North Parade built by John Wood, the Elder. 1742
South Parade built to the design of John Wood, the Elder.  1744
Beau Nash forced to retire as Master of Ceremonies due to anti-gambling laws.  1747 -
Bath Pauper Scheme originates. 1750
1751 - Pump Room enlarged, truncating the King's Bath.
King Edward's School rebuilt in Broad Street. 1754
1754-1755 - North and South Gates demolished (West Gate demolished c. 1776).
Map of the city, drawn in 1818.
Lancasterian Free School established.
 Union Street completed. 1812 -
Jewish Burial Ground, Combe Down opened. 1815
1816 - 8 January: Third Bath Philosophical Society formed.
1818 - Bath Gas Light Company established.
 1819 - Masonic Hall dedicated.
 1821 - 6 February: Original Assembly Rooms in Terrace Walk destroyed by fire.
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution founded (given Royal status 1837).  1825
1829 - New basin at baths completed.
1831 - Jolly's department store opens as The Bath Emporium.
1832 - Sydney Buildings constructed.
 1833-1834 -
George Phillips Manners restores the Abbey, replacing the pinnacles.  1834-1837 -
St Michael's Without church rebuilt to the design of George Phillips Manners. 1834 -
Stothert, Rayne & Pitt acquire the Newark Iron Foundry. 1836
Victoria Column erected.  1839 -
Isaac Pitman moves to Bath. 1840
1846 - City authorised to provide drinking water from springs at
Bathampton and Batheaston. 1847 - Commercial Reading Room and Tottenham Library founded.
 1851 -
Kingswood School moves to Bath. 1852 -
Bath School of Art founded. 1854 - Post Office in York Buildings, George Street (1750s).
February: Bath Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club established by
Leonard Jenyns.  Bath Quartet Society established.
 Corn market built in Walcot Street. 1856 - J. B. Bowler, engineer and carbonated drink manufacturer, in business.
1859-1860 - New Bluecoat school built.
St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in South Parade is built to the design of Charles Francis Hansom. 1861 - Guildhall Market built.
1862 - 18 April: A major fire causes the
Theatre Royal to be rebuilt.  1863 - Widcombe ("Halfpenny") footbridge first built over the Avon in wood.
1869-1885 - Excavations of
Roman Baths by Maj. C. E. Davis, the city architect. 1869
1870-1873 - St Andrew's Church built to the design of
George Gilbert Scott. 1874
1877 - 6 June: Widcombe footbridge collapses, killing eleven, causing it to be rebuilt as a wrought-iron lattice girder.
1881 - Population: 52,557.
 1882 -
Holburne Museum fine art collection bequeathed to the city. 1883 - Queen's Bath largely demolished revealing a Roman circular bath.
1886 - First telephone exchange.
1887 - Botanical Gardens opened in
Royal Victoria Park. 1888 - Bath Photographic Society formed.
1890 - Electricity generating station begins operation.
 1891 - Bath Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service established.
1892 - Technical training begins, origin of
City of Bath Technical School and Bath College of Domestic Science. 1893 -
Holburne Museum opens in Charlotte Street. 1894 - Major floods.
1896 - April:
Bath Municipal Technical College and Bath City Secondary School established in a new north extension of the Guildhall. 1897
Victoria Art Gallery foundation stone laid to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.  Henrietta Gardens laid out to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Roman Baths and associated Concert Room designed by J. M. Brydon are opened to the public.  1900
Silcox Son & Wicks, furnishers, established.
Victoria Art Gallery and Reference Library opens.   New (redbrick) houses for the working classes erected in Dolemeads. 
20th century 1901
1902 - 25 July: Horse tram system closes for electrification, being temporarily replaced by
horsebuses. 1904 - 2 January:
Bath Electric Tramways Company begins operating. 1905 - 12 December:
Midland Bridge, a replacement lattice-girder bridge over the Avon, is opened. 1907 - Bath School of Pharmacy established.
1910 - Jubilee Hall Cinema operating in
Assembly Rooms. 1911 - 9 November:
Twerton and parts of Charlcombe and Weston are incorporated within the city boundary under terms of the Local Government Act 1888. 1915
1920 - Bath Tramways Motor Company set up to operate motor buses.
Roman hot plunge baths excavated.
Kingston Baths demolished. 1925
Bath Corporation Act includes conservation powers.
Lansdown Water Tower built. 1927
16 May: New Post Office and Telephone Exchange opens in Northgate Street.
3 November: City war memorial dedicated. 1929
1931 - October:
Assembly Rooms purchased by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings with funds provided by Ernest Cook and transferred to the National Trust for restoration and preservation. 1932
Bath Preservation Trust founded. 1936-1941 -
Haile Selassie, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia, spends most of his exile in Bath. 1936 - North Parade Bridge rebuilt in stone-faced reinforced concrete.
Bath Corporation Act includes additional conservation powers.
A school crossing patrol ("lollipop lady") is appointed, one of the earliest in the UK. 1938
Assembly Rooms reopened after restoration. Kilowatt House on Claverton Down, a unique example of modernist architecture in the city, is completed to the design of Mollie Taylor as a residence for electrical engineer Anthony Greenhill.  1939
1942 - 25-27 April: Bath Blitz: Three German aerial bombing raids as part of the " Baedeker Blitz" kill 417; among the buildings destroyed or badly damaged are the newly restored Assembly Rooms, St Andrew's church and All Saints Chapel. 
City centre in 1958, still with signs of the
A Bath Western Riverside residential development
2001 -- city population (recorded by the census in April) is 83,992.
 2002 -
newspaper begins publication as a free weekly; it ceases publication by 2007. Bath Times  2005
2006 - 7 August:
Thermae Bath Spa facility opens. 2007
Beau Street Hoard found. 2009 -
Bath bus station and SouthGate shopping centre open. 2011
April: city population recorded by the census is 88,859.
Occupy Bath begins. Construction of Bath Western Riverside residential development begins. 2015
9 February: A child and three adults are killed and four others seriously injured when a poorly maintained
tipper truck runs away down Lansdown Lane into Weston.  April: City of Bath College renamed Bath College.
Births c.953 -
Ælfheah of Canterbury, archbishop (d. 1012) c.1080 -
Adelard of Bath, natural philosopher (d. c.1152) 1704 -
John Wood, the elder, architect (d. 1754) 1707 -
Benjamin Robins, military engineer (d. 1751) 1728 - 25 February:
John Wood, the younger, architect (d. 1782) 1732 -
David Hartley, the younger, statesman and inventor (d. 1813) c.1738 -
John Palmer, architect (d. 1817) 1742 -
John Palmer, postal innovator and theatre owner (d. 1818) 1744 - 31 May:
Richard Lovell Edgeworth, politician, writer and inventor (d. 1817) 1751 -
Honora Sneyd, educationalist (d. 1780) 1754 - September:
Elizabeth Ann Linley, soprano (d. 1792) 1773 - 14 January:
William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst, diplomat and Governor-General of India (d. 1857) 1780
William Hone, libertarian writer, satirist and bookseller (d. 1842) Approximate date: Daniel Terry, actor and playwright (d. 1829) 1790 - 19 December:
William Parry, Arctic explorer (d. 1855) 1794
John Pinch, the younger, architect (d. 1849) 1807 -
Robert Montgomery, poet (d. 1855) 1808 - 15 July:
Henry Cole, civil servant and inventor (d. 1882) 1810 - 2 April:
Edward Vansittart Neale, Christian socialist (d. 1892) 1816 - 17 March:
Abraham Marchant, Mormon leader (d. 1881) 1835 - 2 April:
William Eden Nesfield, domestic revival architect (d. 1888) 1840 - 29 July:
James Dredge, the younger, civil engineering journalist (d. 1906) 1846 - 26 October:
C. P. Scott, newspaper editor (d. 1932) 1881 - 7 July:
Sidney Horstmann, engineer and businessman (d. 1962) 1888 - 15 June:
Martin D'Arcy, Catholic intellectual (d. 1976) 1898 - 17 June:
Harry Patch, supercentenarian and last surviving combat soldier of World War I (d. 2009) 1901 - 29 September:
Caryll Houselander, Catholic lay mystic (d. 1954) 1935 - 24 March:
Mary Berry, food writer and presenter 1947 - 4 October:
Ann Widdecombe, politician 1964 - 24 February:
Bill Bailey, comedian and musician 1973
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Coordinates: 51°23?N 2°22?W / 51.38°N 2.36°W