Originally a Roman settlement known as Aquae Sullis the City of Bath dates from around 60 AD.
Bath has a rich history. It became a fortified town under Saxon occupation in the 9th century. By the Middle ages it prospered through the manufacture and trading of cloth. Henry VIII closed the Abbey, which then dominated the city, and the subsequent decline in the textile trade was replaced by demand for the city’s health giving springs.
Much of the current character and form of Bath originates from the building boom of the 18th century and major works by the likes of Richard ‘Beau’ Nash, John Wood the Elder, John Wood the Younger and latterly Robert Adam.
Bath remains a genteel place famed for its spa and its architecture.