Last weekend my friends and I ventured to Bath on the train. We were expecting a day of looking at a pretty church and maybe having tea but we go so much more!
Stepping off the train we found a church we though was Bath Abbey—we ended up being sorely mistaken but the building was so beautiful! After the case of mistaken identity we followed the street signs to the real Bath Abbey and were even more in awe. For a building that has been standing since 1499, it’s in amazing shape! Inside, there are ornately carved pews, stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. The highlight of the Abbey was when we went on the bell tower tour.
212 steps to the top, the tour is not exactly leisurely. We were shuffled up a tiny spiral staircase and given nothing but an old bell rope to hold onto. Once we completed the first portion of our climb we were treated a viewing of the topside of the vaulted ceilings and the inside of the clock face. The ceilings are very thin to keep them from collapsing—a marvel of architecture for sure!
Interestingly, the clock does not belong to the Abbey but to the citizens of Bath. Because of this from the time it was installed—in the Victorian era–the clock had to be lit from the inside to allow the people in the square to see it. Men, in twelve hour shifts, would sit with gas lamps in a room with no windows—wow, talk about a terrible job!
When we finally got down the spiral staircase it was off to the Roman Baths. Knowing that the city has been a center of commerce and leisure since the Roman times, it was unsurprising to find such wonderful ruins! The baths are—for the most part—intact and there is a lovely museum showcasing how the people of Aquae Sulis (the Roman name for Bath) lived.
The museum had a beautiful reconstruction of a temple face and a projector to show how it would’ve looked way back when—how awesome!
After lunch at the Pump Room we tried our hand at Victorian dressing with a visit to the Fashion Museum. Hilarity ensued as we realized that hoop skirts are much larger than we imagined.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around Bath and grabbing tea to stay warm!
Ta for now,