11 Facts About Bath Abbey


Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is a parish church of the Church of England and former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England.

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Bath Abbey is a Grade I listed building, particularly noted for its fan vaulting.

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Bath Abbey encouraged monks to adopt the Rule of Saint Benedict, which was introduced at Bath under Abbot Ælfheah, who repaired the church.

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Bath Abbey was ravaged in the power struggle between the sons of William the Conqueror following his death in 1087.

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John rebuilt the monastic church at Bath Abbey, which had been damaged during one of Robert de Mowbray's rebellions.

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Bath Abbey described lax discipline, idleness and a group of monks "all too eager to succumb to the temptations of the flesh".

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Bath Abbey did not live to see the result, but the restoration of the cathedral was completed just a few years before the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.

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Bath Abbey ordered that a national fund should be set up to finance the work, and in 1583 decreed that it should become the parish church of Bath.

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Apart from the story mentioned above connecting it with Oliver King, Bishop of Bath Abbey and Wells, this is a direct reference to the dream of the patriarch Jacob mentioned in the Bible and commonly called Jacob's Ladder.

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Bath Abbey is a noted centre of change ringing in the West Country.

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Bath Abbey replaced Shean Bowers who stood in the interim after the departure of the long serving Peter King who served from 1986 to 2016.

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