Bath

Bath

Bath is our current series. The 14 podcasts are being uploaded weekly and the date of the last one is scheduled to be on Wednesday October 28th, 2020.

Bath, with its grand sweeping Georgian crescents is perhaps the UK’s most elegant city. Jane Austen and her contemporaries came here to ‘take the waters’ and to enjoy carriage drives, promenades, balls and card parties. Being the site of Britain’s only hot springs, the city also has a fascinating Roman history and visiting the well-preserved Roman Baths is a top visitor interest, as is enjoying the 21st century spa facilities at Thermae Bath Spa. The 14 episodes in this series will take you on a tour of the city’s key sights, telling you stories behind them through the writings of travellers, historians and authors. In short, here is all the research you would do yourself if only you had the time!


Bath Episode 01 Introduction

Welcome to Bath!

Read more

Our introduction to Bath, which many people think is the UK’s most elegant city, will give you an overview, geographically, historically and culturally, and an introduction to the remaining 13 episodes: the places you will visit, the stories you will hear and the characters who have influenced the city over the centuries.

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 02 Roman Bath

Two thousand years ago in Bath

Read more

Nowhere in the UK will you see better preserved Roman Baths than in the city of Bath! This episode centres on them and on the adjoining museum and explains what you can see there and what they tell us about the life of the Romans who built them: their advanced engineering skills, the key role the baths played in their social and business lives and something about their beliefs and customs.

Useful links

https://www.romanbaths.co.uk

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Episode 03 In and around the Abbey

Bath in medieval times

Read more

This look at life in medieval and early modern times in Bath centres on a visit to the Abbey and to the streets around it. Find out why the coronation of Edgar, in Bath Abbey in 973, was so crucial for English history (and for all coronation services in the thousand plus years since then) and hear what to look out for on a visit.  Learn too about daily life in the city long before the Georgians and their elegant manners changed things radically.

Useful links

https://www.bathabbey.org
https://www.sallylunns.co.uk

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 04 Taking the Waters

The healing powers of Bath’s hot springs

Read more

It’s over 11 thousand years since Bladud is said, thanks to his pigs, to have discovered the healing properties of the waters in Bath. This episode looks at stories of people bathing and ‘taking the waters’ in the city over the centuries, with a particular focus on the medieval and Georgian periods, then bringing things right up to date at the 21st century Thermae Bath Spa.

Useful links
https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
https://www.thermaebathspa.com

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 05 Gorgeous Georgian Architecture

18th century elegance in the streets of Bath

Read more

Bath’s 18th century building boom left a legacy of lovely crescents and squares which are still today the most impressive areas of the city. This episode takes a look at how they came to be built, at the design ideas behind them and at what life was like inside, for the wealthy owners and also for their servants.

Useful links
https://museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk
https://no1royalcrescent.org.uk

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 06 The season, 18th century style

The era when ‘everyone’ came to Bath

Read more

Hear what all those elegant visitors were actually doing all day (and evening!) when they came to ‘do a season’ in 18th century Bath. Find out all about the flamboyant master of ceremonies, Beau Nash, and the buildings you can still visit today which will conjure up the atmosphere for you: the Pump Room and the Assembly Rooms.

Useful links
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-assembly-rooms
https://www.bathvenues.co.uk/pump-room-history
https://visitbath.co.uk/listings/single/pump-room
https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/pump-room-restaurant

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 07 Jane Austen’s Bath

Bath’s most famous resident

Read more

Jane Austen’s novels are a window into life in Regency Bath, a city she lived in for a period and over whose ways she often raised a quizzical eyebrow. Hear what she herself did in Bath and how she presented the city in her writing, then find out where in the city today you can have some Jane Austen experiences.

Useful links
https://janeausten.co.uk
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-assembly-rooms
https://www.bathvenues.co.uk/pump-room-history
https://visitbath.co.uk/listings/single/pump-room
https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/pump-room-restaurant

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 08 Museums and Galleries

Lots of ideas for outings around the city

Read more

Here we present a selection of Bath’s best museums and galleries: the Fashion Museum, housed in the Assembley Rooms and featuring clothes, ranging from Elizabethan-era gloves to the very latest ‘dress of the year’; the house where astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus; the Postal Museum, telling the story of Bath’s revolutionary postmaster whose profits helped finance the Circus and the Royal Crescent and Bath’s two best known art galleries, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery.

https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk
https://herschelmuseum.org.uk
http://www.bathpostalmuseum.co.uk
https://www.holburne.org
https://www.victoriagal.org.uk

Read less

Click here to listen or download


Bath Episode 09 Parks and Walks

Taking the air in Bath

Read more

A genteel walk – or ‘parade’ as it was known in the 18th century! – is a very ‘Bath’ thing to do and this episode will take you on lots. We visit some of the loveliest parks and explain their history; think Jane Austen at a fireworks display and a brief glimpse of Queen Victoria’s ankles. And we suggest some excellent city centre routes which take you past the things you most want to see, plus some more energetic ideas for leaving the city centre and getting out into the surrounding countryside.

Read less

Click here to listen or download