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Bath, Somerset

city in Somerset, England, United Kingdom


The city gets its name from the famous Roman baths in the town. The Romans built the baths as part of a spa, in the year 43 BC. They called it Aquae Sulis, which means "The waters of Sulis". Sulis was a local goddess.[2]

During the Middle Ages, it was an important city for buying and selling wool.[2]

Bath became a city in 1585, when Queen Elizabeth I declared it to be one.

Bath has two universities and several schools and colleges.

Bath is where Roald Dahl's short story "The Landlady" takes place. The city is also mentioned in many of Jane Austen's books, like Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

A panoramic view of the Royal Crescent
Pulteney Bridge in Bath, designed by Robert Adam. It is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops on both sides.



  1. Bath is a constituency and unparished area made up of 16 wards
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 UNESCO, "City of Bath"; retrieved 2012-4-19.

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