History of Bath TIMELINE
860 – 500 BC – Legend of King Bladdud/Bladud (Father of King Lear/Leir) founded Bath (Kaerbadum or Caervaddon – Anglo Saxon) after being cured of leprosy.50 AD – Roman Temple built.The temple was dedicated to Sul, a Celtic god and Minerva the Roman goddess of healing.Public Baths built.60-70 – Town called Aqua Sulis (Waters of Sul) built up.Late 2nd Century – Earth ditch built round city.3rd Century – Stonewall built around city.
407 – Final romans leave Britain.
557 – Saxons win Battle of Dyrham. They capture Bath, Cirencester and Gloucester.
9th Century – Alfred created the Burghs (Boroughs) and Bath was on such Burgh.
973 Edgar, the first king of all England was crowned in Bath.
1088 Rebels burn Bath but it is soon rebuilt
1189 Bath is given a charter granting the townspeople certain rights
1499 The Bishop of Bath and Wells dreams he should rebuild Bath Abbey
1539 Henry VIII closes Bath Abbey
1590 Queen Elizabeth grants Bath a new charter
1604 The plague strikes Bath
1609 Almshouses are built in Bath
1615 A scavenger is appointed to clean the streets
1625 The plague strikes again
1633 Thatched roofs are banned because of the risk of fire
1636 The plague strikes Bath once again
1643 The plague returns
1643 During the Civil War the Royalists capture Bath
1645 The Royalists surrender Bath to the Parliamentarians
1661 Bath water is bottled and sold
1706 The first Pump Room is built. (It was replaced in 1795).
1742 A hospital opens in Bath
1754-1760 The Circus is built
1767-1774 Royal Crescent is built
1768 The first bank opens in Bath
1771 Assembly Rooms are built
1774 Pulteney Bridge is built
1795 Sydney Gardens open
1801 The population of Bath is 33,000
1805 Theatre Royal is built
1810 The Kennet and Avon Canal opens
1830 Royal Victoria Park is opened
1835 Parade Bridge is built
1849 Cholera strikes Bath
1880 Horse drawn trams run in streets of Bath. The old Roman baths are rediscovered.
1890 The first electric streetlights are switched on
1897 Henrietta Park opens
1901 The population of Bath is about 65,000
1904 Electric trams begin to run in the streets
1907 The first council houses are built
1939 Trams are replaced by buses
1942 A bombing raid kills 21
1961 The American Museum opens
1963 The Museum of Costume opens
1964 Bath University is founded
1972 Bathgate Centre opens