|When Bladud, son of Lud Hudibras, King of Britain, was stricken with leprosy, such was the horror in which the fell disease was held that the young Prince was banished from the Court.
Disguised as a poor peasant, he earned his keep as a swineheard, but soon the pigs became infected with the disease. Deep was Bladud's dismay, until one day he came across a sow, which had been lost for a week, wallowing in a hot spring. To his astonishment the animal was cured!
Bladud immediately plunged into the health-giving waters. It was not long before, restored to health, he returned to the Court.
- Later, he founded at the hot springs a town which has since become the city of Bath.
The first shrine at the site of the springs was built by Celts, and dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva; however, the name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, leading to the town's Roman name of Aquae Sulis (literally, "the waters of Sulis").
During the Roman occupation of Britain increasingly grand temples and bathing complexes were built, but after the Roman withdrawal these fell into disrepair and were eventually lost due to silting up. They were rediscovered in the 18th century and, as well as being a major archaeological find, they have from that time to the present been one of the city's main attractions, though the water is now considered unsafe for bathing, due to its having passed through the still-functioning lead pipes constructed by the Romans. The Thermae Bath Spa project aims to eventually allow modern-day bathers to experience the waters for themselves.
Beyond Bath, you'll find The Cotswolds in one direction and The Mendips in the other, both are areas of outstanding natural beauty.
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|A taxi driver dies and goes to heaven and upon reaching the pearly gates he announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabby, St. Peter invites him to grab a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven.
A preacher is next in line behind the cabby and has been watching these proceedings with interest. He announces himself to St. Peter. Upon scanning the preacher's entry in the Big Book, St. Peter furrows his brow and says, "Okay, we'll let you in but take that plain cloth robe and the wooden staff."
The preacher is astonished and replies, "But I am a man of the cloth! You gave that cab driver a golden staff and a silken robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabby!"
St. Peter responded matter-of-factly: "Here we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept; when the cabby drove his taxi, people prayed."
Bath Thermae Spa Officially Opens
August 7th 2006 !