The King's Bath

 

Image: The Sacred Spring, now called the King's Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although modified and encroached upon by the building of the Grand Pump Room in the 18th century and subsequent 19th century developments the King’s Bath continued in use for curative bathing until the middle of the 20th century. The bath is overlooked by a statue of King Bladud, the mythical discoverer of the hot waters and founder of the City of Bath.

 

The King’s Bath was built, using the lower walls of the Roman Spring building as foundations, in the 12th century. The bath provided niches for bathers to sit in, immersed up to their necks in water. On the south side of the bath is a seat known as the Master of the Baths chair, that was donated in the 17th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: a 17th century ring that was provided around the King's Bath for the benefit of bathers seeking a cure

A bathing ring on the wall of the King's Bath