History Of Bath Abbey
The site of Bath Abbey has been a place of Christian worship since 757 AD, with three different churches occupying the site during this time.
An Anglo-Saxon monastery was first constructed, which was where King Edgar, the first king of all England, was crowned in 973 AD. The ceremony formed the basis for the coronation of all future Kings and Queens of England!
Following the Norman conquest, the monastery was replaced with a huge cathedral around 1090, which had turned to ruins by the 15th century.
The building of the present Abbey started in 1499, but due to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, was not officially completed until 1616, meaning it took nearly 120 years from start to finish!