Roman Bath by fishers

Roman Bath

Another pub sign in the centre of York with strong historical connections is the Roman Bath.

The pub is built above an ancient Roman bath house. The remains were uncovered during building work when the present pub was erected in 1929-31 replacing an inn. The exterior has Tudor Revival features including applied half-timbering. The pub is however more notable for the Roman remains which can be viewed inside.

This bath house served the military personnel of Eboracum (Roman York). The facility was in Eboracum's fortress (built in the 1st century AD to house a legion of about 5,000 men). Tiles have been discovered at the bath house site which are marked with the identity of specific legions which suggest that the Ninth legion may have constructed the facility.

The caldarium and some other features of the baths are visible. Some of the other facilities would have been outside the corner site occupied by the pub: those areas of the baths have yet to be excavated.

Ian
What they don't tell you is that you can also have a bath out the back, in a giant vat of ale!
November 21st, 2020  
I could use that soaking right now ... :)
November 21st, 2020  
Great sign and interesting history
November 21st, 2020  
Great that they preserved the history that was uncovered
November 21st, 2020  
Another great sign and interesting narrative
November 21st, 2020  
Lovely find
November 21st, 2020  
Great signage and history.
November 21st, 2020  
Great image...The history is so interesting.
November 21st, 2020  
I love this sign and interesting narrative.

November 21st, 2020  
Great capture of this nice sign and use of history on it.
November 21st, 2020  
That must have been one of the first pubs to open in Eboracum!
November 21st, 2020  
Wonderful history, pic!
November 22nd, 2020  
Lovely sign and thanks for the history
November 22nd, 2020  
Beautiful sign indeed. The Roman baths are worth discovering. Have been to see those in Bath - very interesting.
November 22nd, 2020  
@will_wooderson @pdulis @thistle01 @bkbinthecity @carolmw @ziggy77 @craftymeg @seattlite @onewing @pyrrhula @janturnbull @photographycrazy @kjarn @sangwann

Thank you all for your lovely comments and fav, they are very much appreciated.

Much of central York has archaeological remains below existing buildings, most as yet undiscovered. Whenever there is building work in the centre, the archaeologists are there to see what is uncovered. An office block in Rougier Street is due for demolition soon and a major archaeological excavation will take place there on what is believed to be a significant part of the Roman civilian settlement. It will be fascinating to see what is discovered.

Ian
November 22nd, 2020  
What a fascinating place you live in, so much history. Fav.
November 22nd, 2020  
@pattyblue

Thank you Pat - there are layers and layers of history here in York, and so much left to discover!

Ian
November 22nd, 2020  
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