Saxon Bath exposed at last.

Phase one of the multi-million pound Footprint Project at Bath Abbey is coming to an end with the hope the east end of the city’s parish church may be restored in time for Easter worship.

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Volunteers have been busy recording the details on the exposed ledger stones that will be removed as part of Phase 2 of the work.

While the floor has been up for stabilisation work – and cellars nearby also being excavated –  a team from Wessex Archaeology have been very busy recording the historic layers beneath.

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The pews that have filled the nave for 150 years will soon be completely gone.

Now – with the finding of more Saxon burials and parts of what might be a church or chapel – there is mounting evidence for confirming that the monastic settlement that witnessed the crowning of England’s first monarch – King Edgar – is under the Abbey and below the Norman cathedral that replaced it.

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One of the Saxon burials. © Wessex Archaeology

Bath Newseum has been to talking to Cai Mason who is Senior Project Officer for Wessex Archaeology.

Meanwhile, inside the nave, volunteers are recording the details on ledger stones that have not been seen for 150 years.

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With the pews being replaced by moveable seating, the memorial tablets will be relaid and on view – once the stabilisation work has been completed.

Meanwhile, here’s a link to Wessex Archaeology’s own YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYwXrUGP1cg&feature=youtu.be