Living in Bath
Bath, situated in north Somerset, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is world famous for its history, architecture, and the Roman Baths.
First known by the Latin name Aquæ Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") in AD 60, when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon. Visitors from all over Europe came to use the baths and the town remained popular until the withdrawal of Roman protection in AD 410, when the town fell into decline. However, the baths were still widely used for many years after. The naturally warm spring water is still used today. And you can sample this water in The Pump Room, a restaurant housed within the Roman Baths.
By the 9th century the old Roman street pattern was lost. King Alfred laid out the town afresh, leaving its south-eastern quadrant as the abbey precinct. Edgar of England was crowned king of England in Bath Abbey in 973, in a ceremony that formed the basis of all future English coronations. And while there has been a church of some description in the centre of Bath since the 7th century, the current abbey is recognised as the last of the great medieval churches in England. Oliver King, the then Bishop of Bath and Wells, began construction in 1499, however, it was not completed until 1611.
Many of the streets and squares, crafted from Bath stone, were laid out by John Wood, the Elder and his son, in the 18th century. Much of the limestone used was obtained from mines owned by Ralph Allen. Allen commissioned the elder John Wood to build a vast country house as a way to market his limestone! While now used as a school, Prior Park is still a notable local landmark. Also, the National Trust maintains some of the estate's vast acreage, which is open to the public.
Also, in the early 18th century, the city's first purpose-built theatre was constructed, along with the Grand Pump Room, which is attached to the Roman Baths and the Assembly Rooms. Named the Old Orchard Street Theatre, it was small and cramped, and made little profit before being demolished in 1738! The replacement was named the Theatre Royal, which was closed in 1805 to make way for the current Theatre Royal, which is built on a nearby site. Beau Nash, who presided over the city's social life from 1705 until his death in 1761, drew up a code of behaviour for public entertainments.
In 1830, Princess Victoria opened the Royal Victoria Park. Famously, Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century, along with her father, mother and sister Cassandra. The family resided at four different addresses until 1806, when they moved to Clifton. However, it is reported that she didn't care much for the city!
Today, living in Bath is stimulating, with a vibrant business community, well respected educational institutes and a wide range of leisure activities. Relax at one of many 5-star hotels, or choose from eclectic shopping, sports or the arts.
While famous for Georgian architecture, often found in the city centre, Bath property includes an excellent mixture of styles and types in all price ranges. Surrounding Bath city centre is a number of smaller villages, which over time have merged to create Bath as we know it today, yet still, retain a village feel. For example, Widcombe, a stone throw from the city centre still has a small village feel with a parade of shops, green spaces and a range of properties. Weston, Combe Down, Landsdown, to name a few more, each has a different feel and lifestyle yet are walking distance from the city centre. James Samson Property would be thrilled to help you decided where to live in Bath.
Bath in Facts
- Area: 11 sq miles
- Population: 88,859
- Postcode: BA1, BA2
- Area codes: 01225
- Airport: Bristol
- Train station: Bath Spa
- Local Council: Bathnes
- Average property price: £322,851
All facts use 2015 data
An exciting mix of independent boutiques and large chain shops makes shopping in Bath a unique experience.
While Southgate shopping complex features big brands and well-known retailers, many independent boutiques can also be found.
Milsom Place, for example, is an exciting shopping centre with many independent designers and small boutiques.
Bath is well placed for transport, with easy access to the M4 motorway.
There are regular high-speed trains to London Paddington [90 minutes], Bristol [10 minutes] as well as many other major cities.
Bristol Airport offers commercial flights to National and International destination as well as a private business terminal and is located a 30 minutes drive from the city.
Renowned for both private and public schooling. Educational institutes of note include Monkton Combe, The Royal High School for Girls, and King Edward's School. Further afield but within easy reach is Badminton, Downside and St Mary's in Calne.
Lifestyle and Culture
With a varied program, The Theatre Royal is sure to delight.
The Victoria Art Gallery offers two floors of art, with contemporary exhibitions on the ground floor and a historic collection on the first.In addition, there are many smaller galleries within Bath.
A range of country pursuits is available locally including horse racing, fishing and water sports on the River Avon.
Property in Bath
While Bath is world renowned for it Georgian architecture, the new riverside development blends historic features with modern designs.
The city centre features listed townhouses and apartment. The wider area incorporates both historic estate and more modern mansion.
The surrounding villages such as Corston, Wick, and Box, offer a more relaxed way of life, yet are only a few miles drive from Bath.