Bath’s annual Christmas Market chalets aren’t the only things going up in the shadow of the city’s historic Abbey at the moment.
Hoarding has been erected along a short section of the south side – just around the corner from the church shop entrance – to mark the beginning of the 19.3 million pound Footprint Project.
Heritage Lottery Fund money and generous donations is allowing work to begin on repairing and restoring the church floor – which will be heated with the energy from the city’s thermal waters – and providing rehearsal and meeting rooms, education facilities, a small museum and – maybe – most important for visitors – toilets!
It’s going to make Bath Abbey a more flexible space for worship, concerts, events and exhibitions and ensure it continues to meet the changing needs of the community it serves.
Bath Newseum met the Footprint Project Director, Charles Curnock to find out more.