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Timeline of Bath, Somerset

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Bath, Somerset, England.

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1st to 5th centuries

  • c. 60s - First Roman temple structures built, around the hot water springs; completed by 76.
  • 2nd century
    • 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

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.[4]
  • 1137 - Major fire.[6]
  • 1148-1161 - Abbey consecrated between these dates.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[6]
  • 1499 - Abbey found derelict by Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who begins its reconstruction.[8]
Roman Baths with Abbey beyond as at c.1900
  • 1533 - Rebuilding of Abbey substantially completed by this date.[6]
  • 1539 - January: Dissolution of the Monasteries: Abbey surrendered.
  • 1552
  • 1572
    • The roofless Abbey is given to the corporation of Bath[6] 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.[10]
  • 1597 - Deserving poor given free use of the mineral water.[11]
  • 1608 - Bellott's Hospital established.
  • 1616 - Abbey Church consecrated.[12]
  • 1625-1628 - Guildhall rebuilt.[13]
  • 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.

18th century

View of Bath, 18th century
Royal Crescent, climax of the Woods' Bath
Thomas Rowlandson, Comforts of Bath – The Pump Room (1798)

19th century

Map of the city, drawn in 1818.

20th century

City centre in 1958, still with signs of the Bath Blitz

21st century

A Bath Western Riverside residential development


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Christopher Anstey, author of The New Bath Guide, with his daughter, painted by Bath resident artist William Hoare c.1777

Published in 18th century

Published in 19th century



Published in 20th century

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  • "Bath in the Eighteenth Century". Apollo. London. November 1973.
  • Peter Coard (1973). Vanishing Bath: buildings threatened and destroyed (3rd ed.). Bath: Kingsmead Press. ISBN 0901571679.
  • Adam Fergusson (1973). The Sack of Bath: a record and an indictment. Salisbury: Compton Russell. ISBN 9780859550024.
    • Adam Fergusson; Tim Mowl (1989). The Sack of Bath and after. Salisbury: Compton Russell. ISBN 085955161X.
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  • Christopher Pound (1981). Genius of Bath: the city and its landscape. Bath: Millstream. ISBN 9780948975011.
  • Barry Cunliffe; Peter Davenport, ed. (1985). The Temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath. Vol. 1. The site. Monograph 7. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology. ISBN 0947816070.
  • Barry Cunliffe (1986). The City of Bath. Gloucester: Alan Sutton. ISBN 0862992974.
  • Tim Mowl; Brian Earnshaw (1988). John Wood: architect of obsession. Bath: Millstream Books. ISBN 9780948975134.
  • Peter Davenport, ed. (1989). Archaeology in Bath 1976-1985. Monograph 28. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology. ISBN 0947816283.
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Published in 21st century

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Coordinates: 51°23?N 2°22?W / 51.38°N 2.36°W / 51.38; -2.36

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