It was around the early 17th century that the very buildings of Bath began to change and the Abbey was no different, reflecting Bath’s resurgence in its own history.
The inside of the Abbey at this time looked very different from the building we know today.
In 1780 the Abbey was closed for ‘thorough repairs’. This beautiful aquatint shows the results a few years later. Highlights to look out for include:
A view of the nave looking towards crossing by James Storer, 1814
The nave is empty, with a clear view to the organ on a screen over the crossing
The nave ceiling is made of lathe and plaster. At this time only the ceiling over the chancel has stone fan vaulting
The memorials are fixed haphazardly to the pillars
Another view by James Storer, looking East from the South Choir Aisle towards the spot where the Gethsemane Chapel is Today, 1814
Note the large tomb which used to stand in front of the south-east door. This was the tomb in which Thomas Lychfield, lutanist to Queen Elizabeth I, and his wife Margaret, were buried. Until the 1830s their embalmed bodies used regularly to be displayed to the public.