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Monday, 08 June 2009
A Roman Priest


In Bath, walking around the main pool and making prayers to the goddess, who “breathes out through the water”.  When I say goddess I mean Sulis Minverva to whom a temple was built in Bath at the site of the hot springs during the Roman occupation of Britain. Minerva was the Roman name for the Greek goddess Athena. Sulis was the local deity of the waters when the Romans arrived at what is now called Bath, and which they called Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”), and this is therefore an example of syncretism.

The springs at Bath are the only hot springs in the United Kingdom.

Posted by bigblue on 08/06/2009 at 08:50 AM
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What about Harrogate?

Posted by SteveH  on  12/06/2009  at  04:21 PM

Yes, I’ve been thinking about this some more.  The waters at Harrogate are sulphurous (in taste anyway - I can say this with personal experience).

I got this statement that the Bath springs are the only hot springs in the UK from the Bath tourist literature. I can’t find much information on this, but I still think the statement might be accurate - if the Chalybeate springs at Tunbridge Wells, Harrogate, and elsewhere cool before reaching ground level.

Posted by bigblue  on  21/06/2009  at  05:25 PM

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