New – but temporary – Bath Abbey screen

IMG_4419 Work on lifting a section of the floor within Bath Abbey has moved on a pace.

A proper wooden screen has now been erected but with a viewing panel and explanatory signage to let visitors know what is happening. IMG_4423

This is a trial area to see how well under floor heating – using the city’s thermal waters – might work.

First a whole section of memorial tablets have had to be cleared – having been carefully recorded and then lifted.

Seems the Victorians had already disturbed some of the burials when large water pipes were laid for central heating in the 19th century.IMG_4425

The Abbey is ensuring any remains found in this already intruded upon floor will be carefully collected for a respectful re-burial afterwards.

Find out more about Bath Abbey’s exciting plans at the top of today’s page.