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Bath is a city of breathtaking beauty with a romantic history. People have traveled to Bath ever since the legendary Prince Bladud was restored to health around 860 BC by its mysterious waters. The Celts dedicated the hot springs to their deity Sul. Then the Romans in 43AD created a great temple in honour of their goddess Minerva over the healing springs.

In 1987 Bath was designated a ‘World Heritage Site’, the only city so honoured in Britain. Today, visitors come to see the most famous Roman remains in Britain and also the classical architecture of the eighteenth-century Georgian Bath.

Three remarkable men were largely responsible for the creation of Bath. Ralph Allen saw the potential for quarrying Bath stone. He was the patron of the visionary architect, John Wood, who displayed the stone’s qualities in one fine building and one crescent after another.

At the same time Bath society was being transformed by a successful gambler and ‘bon viveur’ extraordinaire, Richard ‘Beau’ Nash.
He became the city’s Master of Ceremonies in 1705 and established the Assembly Rooms as the centre of fashionable life in Bath. He was the undisputed ‘King of Bath’ for 40 years.

It was the plan by John Wood the elder (1705 – 1754) that inspired the city of Bath. After his death he was well served by his son John Wood the younger (1728 – 1801), who completed his father’s plans, most notably the Circus, and then embarked on his own brilliant designs. His masterpiece was the Royal Crescent, which is one of the great set pieces of European architecture and the world’s finest crescent.

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