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Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in South West England. It is situated 97 miles west of London and 13 miles south-east of Bristol. The population of the city is 83,992. It was granted city status by Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590, and was made a county borough in 1889 which gave it administrative independence from its county, Somerset. The city became part of Avon when that county was created in 1974.
Post townBATH
Administrative CountyBath and North East Somerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST7464
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityAvon
Fire and Rescue AuthorityAvon
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01225

Other names by which Bath has been known in the past

Akmanchester ~ Akmanster ~ Aquae Solis ~ Badiza ~ Bath and Wells ~ Bath Forum ~ Bathancester ~ Bathe ~ Bathonia ~ Caer Palladur ~ Caere Badon ~ Hat Bathan ~ The Bath ~ The Bathes ~ Yr Ennaint Twymin ~ Bada ~ Bade

Bath in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Bath, city, mun. and parl. bor., E. Somerset, on river Avon, 11¾ miles SE. of Bristol, 107 W. of London, and 135 S. of Birmingham by rail -- par. bor., 3611 ac., pop. 53,785; mun. bor., 3539 ac., pop. 51,814; 5 Banks, 6 newspapers. Market-days, Wed. and Sat. The town consists of two parts -- Old Bath, on a bend of the river, and New Bath, on a range of lofty hills. B. owes its importance to its hot springs, known to the Romans in the 1st century; and is much resorted to for its medicinal waters, baths, &c. The springs, four in number, yield about 7750 gallons per hour, the temperature ranging from 110o to 117o Fahrenheit. Bath and Wells have formed one diocese since 1135. The bor. returns 2 members to Parliament.

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