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In the s the nearby villages of Combe Down , Twerton and Weston were incorporated into the city to enable the development of housing, much of it council housing. In the s and s it was recognised that conservation of historic buildings was inadequate, leading to more care and reuse of buildings and open spaces.
Bath had long been an ancient borough , having that status since when it became a royal borough burh of Alfred the Great , and was reformed into a municipal borough in It has formed part of the county of Somerset since , when ceded to Wessex , having previously been in Mercia the River Avon had acted as the border between the two kingdoms since Because Bath is unparished , there is no longer a city council or parish council — Bath City Council having ended in with the abolition of the district of Bath.
The councillors elected by the electoral wards that cover Bath see below are the trustees, and they elect one of their number as mayor. The coat of arms includes a depiction of the city wall , and two silver strips representing the River Avon and the hot springs. The sword of St. Paul is a link to Bath Abbey.
The supporters, a lion and a bear, stand on a bed of acorns , a link to Bladud , the subject of the Legend of Bath. The knight's helmet indicates a municipality and the crown is that of King Edgar referencing his coronation at the Abbey. The first meeting of the Forum was held on 13 October , at the Guildhall, where the first Chair and Vice-Chair were elected.
Bath is one of the oldest extant parliamentary constituencies in the United Kingdom, being in continuous existence since the Model Parliament of Before the Reform Act , Bath elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons , as an ancient parliamentary borough. Historically the constituency covered only the city of Bath, however it was enlarged into some outlying areas between and The constituency since once again covers exactly the city of Bath it is co-extensive with the unparished area , and is currently represented by Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse who beat Conservative Ben Howlett at the general election.
Howlett had replaced the retiring Liberal Democrat Don Foster at the general election. Foster's election was a notable result of the general election , as Chris Patten , the previous Member and Cabinet Minister played a major part, as Chairman of the Conservative Party , in re-electing the government of John Major , but failed to defend his marginal seat.
The sixteen electoral wards of the Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority within Bath which are co-extensive with the unparished area are: Bath is in the Avon Valley near the southern edge of the Cotswolds , a range of limestone hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hills that surround and make up the city have a maximum altitude of feet metres on the Lansdown plateau.
Bath has an area of 11 square miles 28 square kilometres. Periodic flooding, which shortened the life of many buildings in the lowest part of the city, was normal until major flood control works were completed in the s. Water bubbling up from the ground as geothermal springs originates as rain on the Mendip Hills.
Under pressure, the heated water rises to the surface along fissures and faults in the limestone. In , a new spa-water bore-hole was sunk, providing a clean and safe supply for drinking in the Pump Room. Three of the springs feed the thermal baths. Along with the rest of South West England , Bath has a temperate climate which is generally wetter and milder than the rest of the country.
Seasonal temperature variation is less extreme than most of the United Kingdom because of the adjacent sea temperatures. Most of the rainfall in the south-west is caused by Atlantic depressions or by convection. Most of the rainfall in autumn and winter is caused by the Atlantic depressions, which is when they are most active.
In summer, a large proportion of the rainfall is caused by sun heating the ground, leading to convection and to showers and thunderstorms. About 8—15 days of snowfall is typical. November to March have the highest mean wind speeds, and June to August have the lightest winds. The predominant wind direction is from the south-west.
La Nuru SpaBath is fully enclosed by green belt as a part of a wider environmental and planning policy first designated in the late s,  and this extends into much of the surrounding district and beyond, helping to maintain local green space, prevent further urban sprawl and unplanned expansion towards Bristol and Bradford-on-Avon , as well as protecting smaller villages in between.
According to the census , Bath, together with North East Somerset, which includes areas around Bath as far as the Chew Valley , had a population of , Demography shows according to the same statistics, the district is overwhelmingly populated by people of a white background at Other ethnic groups in the district, in order of population size, are multiracial at 1. The district is largely Christian at These figures generally compare with the national averages, though the non-religious , at The census recorded a population of 94, for the Bath urban area and 88, for the unparished area, with this area also exactly corresponding to the boundaries of the parliament constituency.
Nowadays Bath is an ethnically diverse city, like nearby Bristol. Here is a table comparing Bath with the urban area, surrounding borough and South West England. Bath is about as ethnically diverse as the nearby city of Gloucester and the town of Swindon. The Bath Urban Area extends beyond the boundaries of the city itself taking in areas to the northeast such as Bathampton.
Bath once had an important manufacturing sector, particularly in crane manufacture, furniture manufacture, printing, brass foundries, quarries, dye works and Plasticine manufacture, as well as many mills. The city's attraction to tourists has also led to a significant number of jobs in tourism-related industries.
Important economic sectors in Bath include education and health 30, jobs , retail, tourism and leisure 14, jobs and business and professional services 10, jobs. Growing employment sectors include information and communication technologies and creative and cultural industries where Bath is one of the recognised national centres for publishing,  with the magazine and digital publisher Future plc employing around people.
One of Bath's principal industries is tourism, with annually more than one million staying visitors and 3. The city also has about restaurants and a similar number of pubs and bars. Several companies offer open top bus tours around the city, as well as tours on foot and on the river.
Since the opening of Thermae Bath Spa in , the city has attempted to recapture its historical position as the only town or city in the United Kingdom offering visitors the opportunity to bathe in naturally heated spring waters. There are many Roman archaeological sites throughout the central area of the city. Around the hot springs, Roman foundations, pillar bases, and baths can still be seen, however all the stonework above the level of the baths is from more recent periods.
Bath Abbey was a Norman church built on earlier foundations. The present building dates from the early 16th century and shows a late Perpendicular style with flying buttresses and crocketed pinnacles decorating a crenellated and pierced parapet. Most buildings in Bath are made from the local, golden-coloured Bath Stone, and many date from the 18th and 19th century.
The dominant style of architecture in Central Bath is Georgian;  this style evolved from the Palladian revival style that became popular in the early 18th century. Many of the prominent architects of the day were employed in the development of the city.
The Circus consists of three long, curved terraces designed by the elder John Wood to form a circular space or theatre intended for civic functions and games. The games give a clue to the design, the inspiration behind which was the Colosseum in Rome. Doric on the ground level, then Ionic on the piano nobile , and finishing with Corinthian on the upper floor, the style of the building thus becoming progressively more ornate as it rises.
The most spectacular of Bath's terraces is the Royal Crescent, built between and and designed by the younger John Wood. This system of town planning is betrayed at the rear of the crescent: The "Queen Anne fronts and Mary-Anne backs" architecture occurs repeatedly in Bath and was designed to keep hired women at the back of the house. Around the neoclassical architect Robert Adam designed Pulteney Bridge , using as the prototype for the three-arched bridge spanning the Avon an original, but unused, design by Andrea Palladio for the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
Along with the Rialto Bridge and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, which it resembles, it is one of the very few surviving bridges in Europe to serve this dual purpose. The bridge was named after Frances and William Pulteney , the owners of the Bathwick estate for which the bridge provided a link to the rest of Bath.
This can be seen in the multi-storey cellars around Laura Place South of Pulteney Bridge, in the colonnades below Grand Parade, and in the grated coal holes in the pavement of North Parade. In some parts of the city, such as George Street, and London Road near Cleveland Bridge, the developers of the opposite side of the road did not match this pattern, leaving raised pavements with the ends of the vaults exposed to a lower street below.
The heart of the Georgian city was the Pump Room, which, together with its associated Lower Assembly Rooms, was designed by Thomas Baldwin , a local builder responsible for many other buildings in the city, including the terraces in Argyle Street  and the Guildhall. In the s and early s some parts of Bath were unsympathetically redeveloped, resulting in the loss of some 18th- and 19th century buildings.
This process was largely halted by a popular campaign which drew strength from the publication of Adam Fergusson's The Sack of Bath. This is part of the Southgate redevelopment in which an ill-favoured s shopping precinct, bus station and multi-storey car park were demolished and replaced by a new area of mock-Georgian shopping streets.
Bath became the centre of fashionable life in England during the 18th century when its Old Orchard Street Theatre and architectural developments such as Lansdown Crescent,  the Royal Crescent,  The Circus , and Pulteney Bridge were built. The city has a long-standing musical tradition; Bath Abbey, home to the Klais Organ and the largest concert venue in the city,  stages about 20 concerts and 26 organ recitals each year.
Another concert venue, the 1,seat Art Deco Forum, originated as a cinema. The Bach Festivals occur at two and a half-year intervals. An annual Bard of Bath competition aims to find the best poet, singer or storyteller. The history of the city is displayed at the Museum of Bath Architecture , which is housed in a building built in as the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
It was also known as the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, as she lived in the attached house from to Jane Austen lived there from with her father, mother and sister Cassandra, and the family resided at four different addresses until Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are set in the city and describe taking the waters, social life, and music recitals. William Friese-Greene experimented with celluloid and motion pictures in his studio in the s, developing some of the earliest movie camera technology.
He is credited as being one of the inventors of cinematography. Taking the waters is described in Charles Dickens ' novel The Pickwick Papers in which Pickwick's servant, Sam Weller , comments that the water has "a very strong flavour o' warm flat irons". The Royal Crescent is the venue for a chase between two characters, Dowler and Winkle.
Many films and television programmes have been filmed using its architecture as the backdrop, including the film of Thackeray's Vanity Fair ,  The Duchess ,  The Elusive Pimpernel  and The Titfield Thunderbolt Stunt shots were filmed in October after footage acquired during the main filming period was found to have errors.
In August The Three Tenors sang at a concert to mark the opening of the Thermae Bath Spa, a new hot water spa in the city centre, but delays to the project meant the spa actually opened three years later on 7 August It celebrated the city, its origins and artists. Decorated pig sculptures were displayed throughout the summer and were auctioned to raise funds for Two Tunnels Greenway.
Royal Victoria Park , a short walk from the city centre, was opened in by the year-old Princess Victoria , and was the first park to carry her name. Much of its area is lawn ; a notable feature is a ha-ha that segregates it from the Royal Crescent while giving the impression from the Crescent of uninterrupted grassland across the park to Royal Avenue.
Alexandra Park on a hill overlooking the city; Parade Gardens , along the river near the abbey in the city centre; Sydney Gardens , an 18th-century pleasure-garden; Henrietta Park; Hedgemead Park; and Alice Park. Jane Austen wrote "It would be pleasant to be near the Sydney Gardens. We could go into the Labyrinth every day.
Cleveland Pools were built around close to the River Avon,  now the oldest surviving public outdoor lido in England,  and plans have been submitted for its restoration. Several foods have an association with the city. Sally Lunn buns a type of teacake have long been baked in Bath. They were first mentioned by name in verses printed in the Bath Chronicle , in They can be eaten with sweet or savoury toppings and are sometimes confused with Bath buns , which are smaller, round, very sweet and very rich.
They were associated with the city following The Great Exhibition. Bath buns were originally topped with crushed comfits created by dipping caraway seeds repeatedly in boiling sugar; but today seeds are added to a 'London Bath Bun' a reference to the bun's promotion and sale at the Great Exhibition. Bath Chaps , the salted and smoked cheek and jawbones of the pig, takes its name from the city  and is available from a stall in the daily covered market.
Bath Ales brewery is located in Warmley and Abbey Ales are brewed in the city. Bath is twinned with four other cities in Europe. Twinning is the responsibility of the Charter Trustees and each twinning arrangement is managed by a Twinning Association. It offers programs in politics, languages, the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, architecture, management and technology.
Bath Spa University was first granted degree-awarding powers in as a university college before being granted university status in August It has schools in the following subject areas: Bath College offers further education , and Norland College provides education and training in childcare.
Bath Rugby is a rugby union team in the Aviva Premiership league. It plays in blue, white and black kit at the Recreation Ground in the city, where it has been since the late 19th century, following its establishment in Colston's School , Bristol, has had a large input in the team over the past decade, providing several current 1st XV squad members.
Until Team Bath F. This ruling led to the decision by the club to fold at the end of the —09 Conference South competition. In their final season, Team Bath F. Bath City narrowly missed out on election to the English Football League in Cricket is also played on the Recreation Ground, just across from where the Rugby is played. The Bath Half Marathon is run annually through the city streets, with over 10, runners.
TeamBath is the umbrella name for all of the University of Bath sports teams, including the aforementioned football club. Other sports for which TeamBath is noted are athletics , badminton, basketball, bob skeleton , bobsleigh , hockey , judo, modern pentathlon , netball , rugby union, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
The City of Bath Triathlon takes place annually at the university. Massage therapists can work for a spa, clinic, or in private practice. Consumer Feedback. View All 3 Reviews Add a Review. Recent Polls 5. Were the massage therapist's hands too cold? Not at all! They were the perfect temperature.
Did this provider answer all of your questions? Was this provider's staff friendly? Purchase the 50p guide 'A Walk Around Royal Leamington Spa' by The Leamington Society , and head off for an afternoon's stroll filled with interesting facts about the town's heritage.
The guide is available from the Visitor Information Centre. Budding musicians can join in at the Clarendon's Thursday night Jam Sessions , with local funk and soul group Noke. Potter in to Potter In and make a plate or mosaic. Great for entertaining those youngsters at half-term! They run regular sessions and clubs for adults and children.
Take in a production at one of the UK's leading independent community theatres, Loft Theatre Company. Step back in time and bop away to the sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s at The Assembly's Cortina Nights. Polish up those food skills by booking onto a butchery class at Aubrey Allen , butchers to the Royal household. Follow the Elephant Trail to see the sights of Sam Lockhart, world famous elephant trainer.
The book 'Elephants in Royal Leamington Spa' by Janet Storrie can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre, and contains a map showing where Sam and his elephants lived and performed. Take a Masterclass at Restaurant 23 to find out the secrets of making perfect pasta.
Pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre to follow a geological walk.
Near ATV tours, trails. Archived from the original PDF on 22 July Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford. List of places of interest in Bath, Somerset. Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are set in the city and describe taking the waters, social life, and music recitals. Sally Lunn buns a type of teacake have long been baked in Bath. Fire made it possible to cook food and to provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. At the Ranch fishing and bird watching.
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