Roman Baths
Bath, England. 2007.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
RAW. BW conversion in PS.



At the very heart of the Roman Baths is the Sacred Spring. Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 litres (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing this for thousands of years.

In the past this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding and it was believed to be the work of the ancient gods. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the Spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity with healing powers.

The mineral rich water from the Sacred Spring supplied a magnificent bath-house which attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.

Roman engineers surrounded the hot Spring with an irregular stone chamber lined with lead. To provide a stable foundation for this they drove oak piles into the mud. At first this reservoir formed an open pool in a corner of the Temple courtyard but in the second century AD it was enclosed within a barrel vaulted building and columns and statue bases were placed in the Spring itself. Enclosing the Spring in a dimly lit building in this way and erecting statues and columns within it must have enhanced the aura of mystery that surrounded it. Offerings were thrown into the Spring throughout the Roman period.

Eventually the vaulted building collapsed into the Sacred Spring itself. We do not know when this was, but it is likely to have been in the sixth or seventh century. The oak piles sunk into the mud two thousand years ago continue to provide a stable foundation for the Roman reservoir walls today.

The King’s Bath was built, using the lower walls of the Roman Spring building as foundations, in the 12th century. The bath provided niches for bathers to sit in, immersed up to their necks in water. On the south side of the bath is a seat known as the Master of the Baths chair, that was donated in the 17th century.

Although modified and encroached upon by the building of the Grand Pump Room in the 18th century and subsequent 19th century developments the King’s Bath continued in use for curative bathing until the middle of the 20th century. The bath is overlooked by a statue of King Bladud, the mythical discoverer of the hot waters and founder of the City of Bath.
(care of the RomanBaths website)



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  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Great work! Beautiful depth and detail! Are they the Roman Baths as Bath?

  • Thanks Elizabeth! And yes, the ones at Bath – I’m not sure that there are any left anywhere else?

    – Damienne Bingham

  • judygal
    judygalalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Judy, glad you think it works!

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  • Lisa Knechtel
    Lisa Knechtelalmost 3 years ago

    This is very strong visually. WOW

  • Thanks Lisa, that’s very encouraging! Really appreciate your support!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Joe Jennelle
    Joe Jennellealmost 3 years ago

    So gorgeous! Each of these three is a work of art by itself!

  • Thank you Joe, that’s very kind. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    brilliant work Damienne.

    Cheer Jude

  • Thanks Jude, so glad you like it!

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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Damienne…T

  • Thanks Thomas!

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  • Revenant
    Revenantalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful. I think the black triptych really works. Very striking individual images and overall composition.

  • Thanks Stefan, I’m so glad you think so. Really appreciate you taking the time to have a look and leave some feedback!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Patrick Monnier
    Patrick Monnieralmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work !! Perfect tones and contrast.

  • Thanks Patrick, I’m so glad you think so – really appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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  • dabadac
    dabadacalmost 3 years ago

    special……………………………………………………i♥it

  • Thanks Barbara, that’s very kind. So glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • yampy
    yampyalmost 3 years ago

    Superb

    love your B&w captured they are superb :)

    I hope you did not drink the water its vile

  • haha no, the green slime put me off that idea ;-) Thanks for your kind feedback, it’s very encouraging for me. So glad you enjoyed these!

    – Damienne Bingham

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