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11 Facts About Bath Abbey
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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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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