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.
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- October 8, 2013
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- April 11, 2015
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.
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.
King Edwy Praises Bath Monastery
King Edwy describes the Bath monastery as "marvelously built."
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.
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.
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.
Bath Cathedral Damaged by Fire
The half-finished Bath Cathedral is badly damaged by a fire.
Bath Cathedral Completed
Construction of Bath Cathedral is completed.
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.
Bishop Oliver King visits Bath Cathedral
Oliver King, Bishop of Bath and Wells, visits Bath and is shocked to find its cathedral in ruins.
Bath Abbey rebuilt
Reconstruction of the cathedral at Bath, today's Bath Abbey, under the sponsorship of Bishop Oliver King.
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