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Hotel Indigo Bath team unearth hidden treasures during construction

The World Heritage City of Bath, is home to many historical wonders dating back to the 1st century AD when it was founded by the Romans. The rich tapestry of history which ties the Bath community together is as prominent today as it was centuries ago.

Many literary heroes made Bath their home and created famous and intriguing novels.  Some experienced colourful lives themselves.  Bath is a neighbourhood where passion was ignited and where mischievousness was rife.

It is no surprise that the project team for the new Hotel Indigo Bath has uncovered several historical gems during construction. The team met with Bath expert Kirsten Elliot to discuss the collection of items that were found under floorboards and in the attic during the construction process. 

Highlights include snuff packets used in 18th century, cigarette boxes purchased by the Navy in duty free in the 1900’s, a carpenter’s mallet hidden in the floorboards, local newspapers from the early 1900s and a blackout sign from World War 2. 

Kirsten is an author and expert in all things Bath and has an interest in archaeology, architecture and the social life of the Georgian period. For over twenty-five years she has given guided tours of Bath, and she also professionally researches the history of buildings. Kirsten is in the process of investigating some particularly intriguing items which we uncovered, watch this space.

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