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Bath background information

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Bath background information Bath is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of London, the city of Bath in southwest England has made history in several ways. Underlain by Britain's only hot mineral springs, the city was built as a spa at least as early as the Roman era, and perhaps earlier, drawing thousands of visitors over the centuries who hoped for cures the waters might provide. The city was the site of various battles from the Anglo-Saxon era, around the 7th century, to modern times. On a more genteel note, it was home to Jane Austen for several years. Yet Bath has made another important contribution to history, namely in the making of geologic maps. Arguably the world's first published geologic map, released at the end of the 18th century, and covered the area around Bath. As visitors become more and more discerning, they are choosing holidays and short breaks because of the activities that they can undertake at their chosen destination, and ultimately, the way those experiences make them feel. ...read more.

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The railings, put up in Victorian times, were carted off for scrap in the last war and seem unlikely to be reinstated. "Pump Room" Built for the invalids, in which they might be supplied with water from a covered pump, and afterward take the exercise prescribed to them, sheltered from the inclemency of the weather. The first Pump Room was built in the style of an orangery and begun in 1704, it took two years to build, then enlarged in 1751. As yet more visitors came to Bath in 1796 it was taken down and rebuilt in its entirety. "Pump Room" Built for the invalids, in which they might be supplied with water from a covered pump, and afterward take the exercise prescribed to them, sheltered from the inclemency of the weather. The first Pump Room was built in the style of an orangery and begun in 1704; it took two years to build, and then enlarged in 1751. ...read more.

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and includes superb English and continental silver and porcelain, Italian maiolica and bronzes, together with glass, furniture, miniatures and old master paintings."Prior Park" Inspired by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen from about 1734 until his death in 1764, this 28 acre (11.3 hectare) 18th century landscape garden lies in a dramatic site running down a small steep valley to the very edge of Bath. Ralph Allen continually landscaped, planted and gardened at Prior Park with the advice and influence of people like the poet Alexander Pope and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who played a key role in the revolution of English garden design. The mansion at Prior Park was built around 1740 for Ralph Allen and is now owned and used by Prior Park College. When Prior Park Landscape Garden was given to the National Trust in 1993 by the Christian Brothers and Prior Park College it had fallen into serious decay. The National Trust's restoration of the garden, based on historical, archaeological and ecological surveys, is being carried out with great expertise and care for historical detail. ...read more.

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