On a chilly Sunday morning in February, over 20 doctoral students enjoyed a quirky walking tour of Bath, led by the Doctoral College’s own Val Skinner who volunteers as a Mayor’s Guide in her spare time. Rather than the usual ‘tourist trail’, Val treated us to a more quirky tour of our city and its over 2000 year history.
Everyone enjoyed learning new snippets about Bath and exploring streets off the beaten track. To give you a taste of what made us giggle and gasp here are 5 facts from the quirky tour that you probably didn’t know about Bath:
- The part cake - part bread Bath Bun (served in Sally Lunn’s since the 17th century) was initially invented as a medicine.
- There’s up to 6000 bodies buried under the floor of the Abbey, which are sinking the iconic building as they decompose.
- Noticed anything strange about the statue of St Peter to the left of the main Abbey doors? His head was knocked off during a military exercise and a new one was carved out of his substantial beard.
- Plasticine was invented on Alfred Street.
- If you see Bath stone with a pink tinge that means there’s been a big fire.
So, next time you take a stroll down a Bath street, take a minute to look around you, the city is much more than just clothes stores and coffee shops.
Bethan Charles, Doctoral Welcome Team