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Pedro  •  Link

Bladud, the legendary 8th-century founder of Bath.

“Banished from the court because of leprosy, he became a swineherd. His pigs also contracted the disease but were cured after bathing in mud on this site, which Bladud himself decided to imitate. A cured man, he returned to the court and became king, and the Cross Bath became the one most favoured by nobility.”

TerryF  •  Link

"Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs....It is also called Bath Spa.

"The city is founded on the only naturally-ocurring thermal spa in the United Kingdom. It was first documented as a Roman spa, although tradition suggests that it was founded earlier. The waters from its spring were believed to be a cure for many afflictions. From Elizabethan to Georgian times it was a resort city for the wealthy."

TerryF  •  Link

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Bladud or Blaiddyd was a mythical king of the Britons, for whose existence there is no historical evidence. He was first mentioned by Geoffrey of Monmouth, who described him as the son of King Rud Hud Hudibras or Rhun Paladr-fras, and the tenth ruler in line from the first King, Brutus. This idea may have been based on a misinterpreted scrap of Welsh genealogy...."

San Diego Sarah  •  Link


The 1663 trips to Tunbridge and to Bath were trips made in an attempt to cure Catherine's infertility. It was believed that by taking the waters under a strict routine as her doctors advised, she might conceive. The original thought was that she go to Tunbridge and from there to the Waters of Bourbon, but since Bourbon was a longer and more expensive trip, one of the Royal physicians, Sir Alexander Fraser, "came to the rescue, and declared that he had analysed the Bourbon springs, when in attendance there with the Queen-mother, and found they exactly resembled those of Bath." (Davidson, p. 196). While in Bath, Charles II and Queen Catherine will be the guest of Dr. Pierce, who had a mansion known as Abbey House.

Grammont says that Catherine went to Bladud's spring in Bath. (see above)

Bath, Tunbridge, and Epsom were major tourist centers, and the Queen could expect a good deal of various entertainments in addition to soaking and doctors' consults.

The waters of Bath are the only naturally hot springs in the UK - known from Roman times. The water tastes fine if drunk when just drawn and hot, but lukewarm it's disgusting. In the 17th and 18th centuries, you bathed in the water every day for a cure, and also drank it every day.
The spa waters at Epsom, Tunbridge, Cheltenham, Buxton, Llandindrod et al were all cold. The waters discovered in Bristol come from the same source as the Bath ones, but (despite being hopefully called Hotwells) were only warm, as the water has to travel further to get to the surface.

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