#12 A Hooting Time in Bath City

After a long weekend in the beautiful city of Bath I was desperate to share some of my experiences and impressions with you here.

For those who are not familiar with Bath, especially those who don’t live in the UK, I’d like to give you some interesting background on the city itself.

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(Text Source: Wikipedia, Photographs: Sabeena Mughal)

Bath is a city located in the South West England; 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol.

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(Image: http://www.bath-heritage.co.uk/about.html)

The city was first established as a spa with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”) by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43). They built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs.  Much later, it became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, which led to a major expansion that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture crafted from Bath Stone. Archaeological evidence shows that the site of the Roman Baths’ main spring was treated as a shrine by the Iron Age Britons.

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There are many Roman archaeological sites throughout the central area of the city, but the baths themselves are about 6 metres (20 ft) below the present city street level. 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.

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Bath Abbey was a Norman church built on earlier foundations, although the present building dates from the early 16th century. 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. The most spectacular of Bath’s terraces is the Royal Crescent, built between 1767 and 1774.

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The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. It has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues. Today, Bath has five theatres. It also has a long-standing musical tradition and holds the Bath International Music Festival and Mozartfest every year, amongst a number of other festivals. The city is home to the Victoria Art Gallery, the Museum of East Asian Art, and Holburne Museum of Art, numerous commercial art galleries and antique shops, as well as numerous museums.

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English Novelist Jane Austen lived in the city from 1801 with her father, mother and sister Cassandra, and the family resided in the city at four successive addresses until 1806. Many films and television programmes have been filmed using the architecture of Bath as the backdrop.

One of Bath’s principal industries is tourism, with more than one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city on an annual basis. The visits mainly fall into the categories of heritage tourism and cultural tourism, aided by the city’s selection in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising its international cultural significance.

An inhabitant of Bath is known as a Bathonian!

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Further to this summary I can only add that it was one of the prettiest cities I have ever visited and one with a beautifully soothing atmosphere about it.

On an even lighter note, there appeared to be a theme running throughout my time there- OWLS! They just kept popping up everywhere. Not the real ones, but the cuddly ones in the hand-made, painted and printed forms.

I remember seeing an entire shop dedicated to them too; all for a good cause and aimed towards preserving and protecting the birds. On a fun note, I would like to share with you some owl related experiences of my own!

1. How much is that Owl in the window?!

Toy/cushion owls are proving to be very popular presents all year round, but very festive themed owls have been spotted in the odd shop window in the run up to Christmas 😉

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2. Owl dresses too cute to resist!

I picked up these two dresses at a Market stall in the City centre; I simply could not resist them 😀

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3. Chic Owl Cushionette – Made by Moi

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Last but not least – A little cushion with an owl design I made earlier this month. The Owl and its background is constructed using felt fabric, attached to a beige cotton base fabric. The felt pieces are machine stitched (for the large pieces) and hand embroidered (for the smaller pieces). It was originally made as a gift for someone in particular but was quickly swiped by my hard-to-please brother, which I took as a compliment and had to let him keep 😉 ;).

Well I had a hoot writing this post (sorry), hope you enjoyed reading too.

Take care, until next time…..

Sabeena

More details about Bath City can be found by following the links below:

http://visitbath.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath,_Somerset

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