Francie Stoutamire Photography | Bath - The City, the Abbey and the Roman Ruins
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Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important center of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One last view of a Cardiff pub as we leave for England. This one built in 1849 as the Shield and Newcastle Tavern, it became the Golden Cross in 1863.

One last view of a Cardiff pub as we leave for England.  This one built in 1849 as the Shield and Newcastle Tavern, it became the Golden Cross in 1863.

Crossing from Wales to England on the M4 bridge over the River Severn on the way from Cardiff to Bath.

Crossing from Wales to England on the M4 bridge over the River Severn on the way from Cardiff to Bath.

English countryside on the way from Cardiff to Bath.

English countryside on the way from Cardiff to Bath.

Lansdown Place West in Bath, Georgian architecture built between the years 1789 and 1795.

Lansdown Place West in Bath, Georgian architecture built between the years 1789 and 1795.

Royal Crescent garden in Bath.

Royal Crescent garden in Bath.

The Circus is an example of Georgian architecture in the city of Bath, Somerset, England, begun in 1754 and completed in 1768.

The Circus is an example of Georgian architecture in the city of Bath, Somerset, England, begun in 1754 and completed in 1768.

Street scene in Bath.

Street scene in Bath.

Looking down on the Roman bath.

Looking down on the Roman bath.

Southwest corner of Bath Abbey as viewed from the Roman bath.

Southwest corner of Bath Abbey as viewed from the Roman bath.

Jim (left in green jacket) on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Jim (left in green jacket) on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Additional view of southwest corner of Bath Abbey from the Roman bath.

Additional view of  southwest corner of Bath Abbey from the Roman bath.

Terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Marker identifying the late 19th century carvings of Roman Emperors and Governors of Roman Britain on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Marker identifying the late 19th century carvings of Roman Emperors and Governors of Roman Britain on the terrace overlooking the Great Bath.

Jim, further along the terrace overlooking the Great Bath, listening to an excellent audio description of the site.

Jim, further along  the terrace overlooking the Great Bath, listening to an excellent audio description of the site.

Arch over York Street, Bath through which was piped hot water from the Queen's Bath to the Bath City Laundry.

Arch over York Street, Bath through which was piped hot water from the Queen's Bath to the Bath City Laundry.

Historic marker re. Bath hot spring.

Historic marker re. Bath hot spring.

Terrace overlooking the Great Bath with Bath Abbey in the background.

Terrace overlooking the Great Bath with Bath Abbey in the background.

Model of the "plumbing" of the Roman baths.

Model of the "plumbing" of the Roman baths.

Roman Bath historic marker.

Roman Bath historic marker.

Earliest dated item at the Baths.

Earliest dated item at the Baths.