What lies under the Abbey gift shop?

I am sure everyone is pleased that work has re-started – and got up to speed – on the Footprint Project – a multi-million-pound scheme to stabilise the floor of Bath Abbey and improve facilities for those who work there and the church’s congregation and visitors.

Things came to a halt for a month because of the lockdown and even now all health safety requirements are being followed. My visit was subject to the same restrictions and we kept our distance.

It’s always a pleasure to talk to Cai Mason who heads the Wessex Archaeological team who have been carefully recording everything discovered under the floor.

They have been busy investigating the remains of buildings revealed in the latest phase of development – but let’s hand over to Cai to explain.

It was also an opportunity for me to meet the new Project Director, Nathan Ward, and find out more about whether the Footprint Project was still on course for a 2021 finish.

I also wanted to know when the Abbey will re-open again to the general public.

This afternoon – the following announcement was made on Instagram.

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