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Ten Little-Known Facts About Bath

Think you know all there is to know about Bath? Here are ten little-known facts about the city...

1. A hoard of 17,500 Roman coins was found as recently as 2007 in the foundations of The Gainsborough Bath Spa.

2. Everyone knows that Bath is home to literary legend Jane Austen, but it’s also the city that inspired Mary Shelley to finish writing Frankenstein.

3. Bath hosted the first ever farmers’ market in 1987. A regular farmers’ market can still be found at Green Park Station on Saturday mornings.

4. Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in his back garden on New King Street.

5. Although the Royal Crescent may be the most famous, there are actually seven crescents in the city.

6. The Saracen’s Head, one of the oldest pubs in Bath, was visited by Charles Dickens in 1835.

7. Bath has its own currency, the Bath Oliver, used as a coupon to receive discounts at local businesses.

8. Our streets were given a starring role in Hollywood movies such as The Duchess, Les Miserables, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

9. Jane Austen’s aunt, who lived at No.1 The Paragon, was arrested for eight months after being accused of shoplifting!

10. The Circus is the same diameter as Stonehenge. It is said that the orientation of Stonehenge is built around the rising and setting sun, whereas The Circus is said to represent the sun, with the Royal Crescent representing the moon. Coincidence? We think not!

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