Page added 26th January 2015
Also see History of the Bath House
All photographs are by Alan H Mazonowicz unless otherwise labelled.
Most photos of the excavation indicate a sunny summer. The brown backs in this photo confirm the good weather.The young woman is sitting on the steps that led to the bath house–her body indicates how large each stone was for the steps. © Alan Mazonowicz
Tunnel under a wall
This tunnel carried the hot gases from one section to another. Workmanship like this was lost after the Romans left, and their advanced technologies forgotten for a thousand years. © Alan Mazonowicz
Floor over the hypocaust
After St Mary Major Church was demolished in 1972, the archeologists removed the church's floor to expose pre Saxon remains. After their careful removal , the upper Roman archeology was found. This is probably the floor of the bath house, beneath which, was the hypocaust. © Alan Mazonowicz
The human remains in the centre of this photo were probably at the edge of the site. They are fairly jumbled, as they were from the later Christian burial ground surrounding the Cathedral. © Alan Mazonowicz
By 1637 the level of the burial yard around the Cathedral was up to the windows. St Batholomew Yard was opened and Cathedral Green lowered. The remains shown in this photo indicate many years of burials. © Alan Mazonowicz
View towards the Three Gables
St Mary Major Church was built onto the side of the Three Gables. This photo shows the position of the excavation relative to these three houses. © Alan Mazonowicz
View across to the West Front
It is easy to assume that the bath house is right in front of the West Front, from this photo. However, the angle of the towers indicate that the remains are well to the right of the steps down from Broadgate. © Michael T J Wride.
Covering over the site
Once the archeologists had thoroughly investigated the site it was decided to cover it over with sand to preserve it. The Cathedral's plans to expose the bath house and build an interpretation centre will be easier because of this foresight. Courtesy Express and Echo.
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