However it's the historic city of Bath with its Roman ruins and Regency Architecture that will be the subject of this post. Bath Spa is world famous for its Roman Baths.
|The Roman Baths at Bath Spa|
(Photo by David ILiff. License CC-BY-SA 3.0)
A city as old as Bath has some phantom visitors including the 'Man in the Black Hat' said to be the ghost of the first Governor of New South Wales.
|Arthur Phillip - Founder & First Governor of NSW|
(Projec Gutenberg eText - The Naval Pioneers of Australia)
Admiral Sir Arthur Phillip was on board the Sirius which led the First Fleet to transport convicts from England to Australia. After an eight month voyage the fleet land at Botany Bay in January 1788 to establish the penal colonies.
But why should he haunt Bath's Saville Row dressed in 18th century finery including a black tricorne hat? He died there in 1814.
When it comes to architectural masterpieces Bath has the famous Royal Crescent.
|The Royal Crescent, Bath|
(A panorama of six segments - July 2006 - Photo by David ILiff. License CC-BY-SA 3.0)
|Richard Brinsley Sheridan|
(Engraving from a portrait by Joshua Reynolds)
Sheridan fought two duels with Captain Thomas Mathews over Miss Elizabeth Linley who later became his wife. However there is no evidence of either Sheridan's 'The Rivals' or 'School for Scandal' being performed in the early years of Bath's Theatre Royal.
|The Theatre Royal Bath|
(Photo by Michael Maggs - 2007: License CC-BY-SA 2.5)
Here the ghosts of an 18th-century married woman and her lover, murdered by her husband, are said to wander between the theatre and the Garrick's Head, the next-door public house
I may have wandered a bit from the theme but now you may wander over to check out other posts for Sepia-saturday-149 for a taste of healing waters.