We are fortunate to be working at this historically significant location in the heart of a world heritage site. A recent visit happened to coincide with maintenance work to the King’s Bath, the site of the ancient Sacred Spring. It is at this location that the mineral rich water, at a temperature of 46°C, rises to the surface at a rate of 1,170,000 litres a day.
This photograph shows the King’s Bath being drained to enable the removal of sediment build up and permit cleaning. A couple of features to note: in the foreground, two Roman statue bases, designed to support figures whilst being concealed just below water level; in the background, the extension of the Roman reservoir below the southern part of the Pump Room, which is supported on pile foundations.