A guide to Bath

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  • 1.
    The world’s first stamped letter was posted from Bath on 2nd May 1840. The stamp had an image of Queen Victoria against a black background and became commonly known as a ‘penny black’.
  • 2.
    The Circus built by renowned architect John Wood the elder has the same diameter as Stonehenge, which is said to be built on the orientation of the rising sun and setting sun. The Circus is understood to represent the rising sun whilst the neighbouring Royal Crescent represents the setting sun. 
  • 3.
    The city is famed for its hot springs which have been heralded and chronicled from the Romans, through to King Bladud and the later Georgians. The reason for these springs is due to Bath’s location at the mouth of a long dormant volcano. Now extinct for many millennia but the thermal heat of the volcano still rises in the springs.

Bath Area

The city of Bath sits on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, and is named after its Roman-built baths. It is synonymous with the works of Jane Austen and the architectural genius of John Wood, the Elder, who was responsible for famous addresses such as Royal Crescent and The Circus. Bath showcases a stunning variety of architecture, generating enormous interest from all over the world, and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in the UK, and home to many market towns and quintessential English villages. Bath is also conveniently located for access to the M4 and M5 and offers an excellent rail network to London, the South West and the North.

Surrounding Villages

  • Wellow
    A picturesque village with the Fox and Badger pub at its centre. The village is known as the southernmost boundary of the Cotswolds and is designated as both an AONB and a Conservation area. A late medieval packhorse bridge crosses the Wellow Brook and one notable past resident is the artist Peter Blake.
  • Mells
    A village with unspoilt character and very popular with those seeking access to Bath, Frome and Somerset. The Talbot Inn was a coaching inn during the 15th century and is now an award winning venue. Sir Edwin Lutyens is responsible for many structures in the village and the 15th century church of St Andrew is the resting place of the poet Siegfried Sasson. Today the village is well known for its spring Daffodil festival.
  • Freshford
    An architecturally rich heritage village, home to the very popular Freshford Primary School and railway station with services to Bath and Bristol, making Freshford a desirable place to live outside of Bath. Unusually, the properties have names not numbers. Saxon in origin and historically wealthy thanks to the wool industry, the village borders the River Frome which is crossed by a 16th century bridge beside The Inn village pub and restaurant.
  • Marshfield
    Designated a town and granted market status in 1234 the long central High Street is a feature, as are its four public houses. Bypassed by the A420 (Bristol to Chippenham), the village is popular for those wanting access to Bath and the M4 motorway whilst enjoying village life around the high street and market place. There is a village shop, Marshfield Primary School and St Mary's Church.
  • Box
    Originally a Roman settlement, the village is now known for Box Railway tunnel which is 1.83 miles in length and entrances listed Grade II. The surrounding countryside was quarried during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries for its popular limestone known as Box stone. Popular with families, the village has Box C of E primary School and extensive facilities on the village recreation ground.
  • Bradford-on-Avon
    A very popular and picturesque town dating back to Roman times, with the River Avon running through its centre. A popular tourist destination, the historic centre is a cluster of beautiful old mills, cottages and grand town houses, mostly built from the local limestone. The riverside location, beautiful countryside and stunning architecture, make Bradford-on-Avon a popular destination to live, and its train line is on main lines connecting London Waterloo, Bristol, Bath and Portsmouth.