Egbert, the first King of England was crowned on the site of Bath Abbey in 973 and that service set the precedent for all subsequent coronations. The original Abbey church was founded in 1499 but was ruined during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Its initial restoration was not completed until 1611. It is a magnificent building both from the outside and inside. Two Ladders of Angels climb the tower at the West Front, either side of the beautifully carved and imposing wooden doors. The ladders are said to have been based on a dream of Bishop Oliver King (late 15th century) of angels ascending and descending. Between 1864 and 1874 Sir George Gilbert Scott transformed the inside of the Abbey to his vision of Victorian Gothic architecture including replacing the original wooden ceiling with stone fan vaults. More about the Abbey’s history can be found at: https://www.bathabbey.org/history.
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