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Bath Abbey

 

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  • Bath Abbey was originally founded as a monastery in 675 but fell into ruin by Norman Times
  • Work on a cathedral started in the early 12th century and was finished by the end of that century but quickly fell into ruin as the Bishops preferred Wells to Bath.
  • When Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells, visited Bath in 1499 he was shocked to find the church ruinous. Work probably began the following spring. Bishop King planned a smaller church, covering only the area of the Norman nave.
  • The new church was completed only a few years before the dissolution of the monasteries and quickly fell into disrepair again. From 1572 to 1617 it was rebuilt into what remains today.
  • The structure is considered a triumph of Gothic engineering with no less than 80% of the walls being occupied by windows, something that pushes to the structural limits the Gothic ideal of flooding a church with light.
  • Bath Abbey is the joint seat of the Bishops of Bath and Wells but is not presently a cathedral as most bishops prefer Wells. It is currently a grand parish church.

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Developer
Diocese of Bath and Wells
Renovation Architect
George Gilbert Scott

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Reference No.
403
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
17-02-2009
 

Building Location

Address
The Abbey Office, 13 Kingston Buildings, Bath. BA1 1LT
Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
County
Avon
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1090
Construction start date
1122
Completion date
1617
Renovation Date
1865
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
54.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
49.40

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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