25.01.2016 - 25.01.2016 12 °C
Time for a bit of laundry today. It was good to get everything sorted as we are only here for another day and a half! Unbelievable how fast this is all going.
So headed into Bath around noon and found a Cornish Pastry shop as we hadn’t had one yet – they were a bit disappointing, but still tasty and a filling lunch. Then we found the ‘i’ site, as I’d read about a free (music to our ears) walking tour. It started at 2pm and went for 2 hours – fabulous guide, so glad we did the tour. Learnt about Bath from the beginning – Romans discovering the thermal waters, to the Medieval to the Georgians to the Edwardians.
Laughed about the window tax imposed in 1696 by William III on the building owners – if they had over 5 windows they had to pay tax. A lot of buildings still show the changes that were made to evade the tax with blanked out windows and windows moved etc. Apparently this is the origin of the term ‘daylight robbery’. The tax was finally repealed in 1851.
The ‘original’ Sally Lunn shop was interesting (aside from the buns apparently originating there) in that the shop was one of a few medieval buildings left – each time a new invasion happened it seemed the invaders tore down the existing structures and put up their own versions! Only a few fragments of the roman baths remain, a small stretch of the medieval wall and one or two buildings – the rest is Georgian or Edwardian. Loved the atmosphere in the old town, with the Avon flowing through.
Bill & Hazel had given JT and I tickets to a twilight session at the Thermae Bath Spa. Sarah had a double ticket from her birthday – so we all enjoyed a 2 hr session swimming in the pools (indoor and outdoor) and the steam room, before having a meal (still in our robes & togs). Great way to finish a day in Bath.