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England: Climbing the Tower at Bath Abbey

October 20, 2015

We didn’t even know about Bath Abbey when we arrived in the city but quickly made our way there during our first full day in town.  Although not one of England’s bigger structures, the abbey is an impressive 15th century construction.

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We learned to our delight that visitors were allowed to climb the tower.

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Guided excursions began every half hour m during daytime. We bought tickets, looked around the abbey’s interior for a bit, and assembled for the climb.

We first ascended a circular staircase to the roof of the abbey.

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Crossing it, we climbed into the actual bell tower. First stop was the room from which the bells are rung. The guide explained to us the devices that are used to chime the bells correctly.

IMG_0821She then brought us to the room from which the bells are rung. Here the sights were much more dramatic. This is the top of the abbey ceiling, with its capstone. Oddly, the capstone had been sanded flush with the celing on one side but the guide didn’t know why that had been done.

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For some perspective, here is the ceiling from down below on the church floor.

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We were also able to look at the abbey’s clock from inside out, you might say.

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Back outside after climbing the final steps to the top of the towner, we saw that the roof here held the biggest attractions.

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As an added treat we had our first glimpse of the Roman baths, from the which the city takes its name, and a place I’d wanted to see since I was a child.  At last!  I was more than grateful to have climbed those 124 steps.

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