Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bath, Somerset, Part I The Abbey

For the Anglophiles among us, here's another post - this one a part of the series of photos taken in Bath, Somerset. Jane Austen fans will also be familiar with Bath. 

Above: The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, known as 'Bath Abbey,' which was founded in the 7th century. Rebuilt in 12th and 16th centuries. Perpendicular Gothic. West front, Bath Abbey, Somerset.

The nave with fan vaulted ceiling.

Closer look at the amazing fan vaulting.

Baptismal font

Lower left corner of photo is the memorial to Pennsylvania Senator William Bingham who served in the U.S. Senate from 1795-1801. A few years after his Senate service, he moved to England where his daughters lived, looking to establish 'full freedom of trade'  with Britain. He died in Bath in 1804 and is buried in Bath Abbey. More on this fascinating individual can be found at

An interior door that leads to the little wrought iron fenced-in garden with a statue of Saint Francis. Actually, I may be dreaming this. I can't find any verification, and Kevin doesn't remember it. Well, I know that great door is there, and I'd like one just like it for our house! But don't quote me on the Saint Francis-in-the-garden...but I was quite sure.  Sigh.
Pipe Organ in North transept.

Alabaster tomb of Bishop James Montague, Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1608 to 1616, about the time of the founding of the colony at Jamestown, VA.

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