Bath Abbey, Bath

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Formerly a monastery and a cathedral, the spectacular cream-colored Bath Abbey now serves as the parish church of Bath. The interior is especially famed for its fan vaulting.

Go Historic ID
318998
Short URL
gohist.co/318998
Names
Bath Abbey
Address
13 Kingston Buildings
Bath, England
BA1 1LT
Postcode
BA1 1LT
Coordinates
51.381518° N, 2.359003° W
Email
office@bathabbey.org
Phone
01225/422462
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

675
King Osric founds convent near Bath

King Osric grants the Abbess Berta land near Bath for the establishment of a convent. The women's religious house later became a monastery under the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester.

781
King Offa of Mercia builds a new church at Bath Abbey

King Offa of Mercia wrests the monastery at Bath from the bishop and builds a new monastic church dedicated to St. Peter.

957
King Edwy Praises Bath Monastery

King Edwy describes the Bath monastery as "marvelously built."

1090
Bath's monastic church becomes a cathedral

John of Tours becomes the first Bishop of Bath and St. Peter's Church is raised to cathedral status.

1090
Construction of new cathedral at Bath

After becoming bishop of Bath in 1090, John of Tours begins a new cathedral on a grand scale, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul.

1122
Ambulatory Complete

Only the ambulatory of the new cathedral is complete at the death of its founder, John of Tours. The half-finished cathedral was devastated by fire in 1137, but work continued and it was completed by about 1156.

1137
Bath Cathedral Damaged by Fire

The half-finished Bath Cathedral is badly damaged by a fire.

1156
Bath Cathedral Completed

Construction of Bath Cathedral is completed.

1244
Bath and Wells Share Cathedral Status

Bath and Wells share cathedral status; Roger of Salisbury becomes the first bishop of Bath and Wells. Later bishops will prefer Wells, whose canons had successfully petitioned the pope to regain cathedral status. Bath Cathedral gradually falls into disrepair.

1499
Bishop Oliver King visits Bath Cathedral

Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells, visits Bath and is shocked to find its cathedral in ruins.

1501
Bath Abbey rebuilt

Reconstruction of the cathedral at Bath, today's Bath Abbey, under the sponsorship of Bishop Oliver King.

October 2, 2005

Resources

  1. Official Website of Bath Abbey Official website.