Tour Locations | Walk the Highlights of Medieval Bath
LOCATION 13 | Walk the Highlights of Medieval Bath
Coming up on your left is the only section of the old wall still standing! Stop for a closer look.
While you look through the gaps known as crenels, between what are called merlons, think about all the citizens of this city who for 1700 years would have been looking out into farmland. Today, any aromas you might smell here are probably sweet, but back in the day, it would have been known as the big stink, as everyone chucked their rubbish over the wall and I mean everything!
Let's keep moving. Continue walking along the line of the north wall. I'll tell you more as we go.
If only these walls could talk? Who would have guarded the city in those years? Romans soldiers up to the 5th century, speaking Latin perhaps? Or local militia, speaking in Old English during the time of King Alfred the Great in the 9th century, when he turned Bath into a burh, an enhanced fortified settlement, to protect it against Viking invaders from Scandinavia. Or perhaps French-speaking soldiers after the Norman invasion in the 11th century, speaking their version of the French language, sometimes known as Norman French.