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Old December 8th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Roman Bath Houses, Exeter

This story came up a few weeks ago. The Bishop of Exeter Cathedral has suggested the Cathedral may look to excavate the Remains of the Roman Bath House under the Cathedral Green in order to increase visitors and income to the Cathedral. By all accounts according to experts the remains form one of the “finest archaeological sites” in the country. The remains were originally discovered and excavated (below picture) when the former Mary St Major Church was demolished in the 1970's. The council unprepared for such a finding decided to cover and protect the remains in sand and covered the area in grass in anticipation of them being excavated once again in the future to be used as a tourist attraction.

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.u...#ixzz2lCdo1xmo

I think this would be great an be a real unique attraction in the UK. I certainly am not aware of anything similar in the UK? Obviously the Cathedral Green is very senstive being an Ancient Scheduled Monument and the Cathedral itself being a Grade 1 listed building it would need careful consideration of how to present the remains without damaging the setting of the Cathedral Green and the Cathedral itself. I wonder how they would go about presenting these ruins?
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Old January 4th, 2014, 06:47 AM   #2
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I think this would be great an be a real unique attraction in the UK. I certainly am not aware of anything similar in the UK?
The city of Bath maybe There are plenty of other Roman sites across the UK with relatively major tourist facilities. Otherwise this sounds like a good idea as long as it isnt just a hole in the ground like in Chester. Maybe disguise it behind a reconstructed facade to preserve the setting of the cathedral. it would be a shame to lose the green space though as Exter has quite a dense center from what i remember.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 01:17 PM   #4
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I thought of Bath bathhouse but is that not the original building that has been preserved over the centuries anyway or was it actually discovered at a later date and faithfully restored?

Heres the original link. Don't know why it expired for in my original post... http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.u...ail/story.html

Heres the image of the bath houses being filled in during the 70's. This is all preserved beneath the Cathedral Green ready for it to be excavated and showcased if the opportunity arrises.

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Heres some more information on the bath house:

http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/bathhouse.php

This one at Exeter would be excavating the original. I just can't get my head round on what approach would be best to present the remains without being detrimental to the Cathedral and the Cathedral Green. Would they go for a modern interactive approach or a traditional hole in the ground fenced off presentation of the remains? As far I am aware there are no accurate visulisations of the bathhouse in it's former glory so i don't see how reconstructed facade could be appropriate in this scenario. Something should be done with the remains though. They are far too important to the city to just leave underground and i hope the Cathedral pursues through with its interest in displaying the ruins.

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