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Bath Abbey Tours

Bath Abbey Tours

As part of an on-going project, led by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley, looking at possible future improvements to the Abbey, this month sees the start of a series of archaeological digs in and around the building, which dates back to 1499, (it’s the third church on the site, the original Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church was founded in 757).  There will be seven digs in total, six in the Abbey: choir vestry, shop, near the Montague Tomb, Alphege Chapel, South Transept, and one near the font; the seventh will be outside, between Kingston Buildings and the Abbey.

The digs, which will be carried out by two local firms, Emerys, who will be responsible for the building work and reinstatement, and Cotswold Archaeology, who will carry out the archaeological observation and recording.  The purpose of the digs is to discover what may or may not be possible in terms of ensuring the Abbey is fit for the 21st century.  One possibility to be explored is the installation of an underfloor heating system, drawing on the springs that feed the nearby Roman Baths.
The Abbey will remain open during the work, and whilst visitors may find a few views to be limited and some of the Victorian pews missing, it is also hoped that they will be able to observe some of the archaeological work, perhaps via closed circuit television.

There is an air of excitement at the Abbey as everyone looks forward to seeing ledger stones that have been invisible for 150 years and underground views that were hidden from their predecessors, as well as looking forward to new possibilities.

The work has been made possible due to a generous donation from the Friends of Bath Abbey, who are very interested in the Abbey Development Project.   If you are interested in becoming a Friend, or making a donation, visit http://www.bathabbey.org/friends.htm

 For further information about the Abbey, including the times of services, its history and information about visiting, please visit www.bathabbey.org

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