Welcome to the History of Bath Research Group

The History of Bath Research Group was founded in 1986 with the objective of bringing together historians who were actively engaged in research in the Bath area. Many of the members have published on different aspects of local history (including studies in the Journal Bath History) and have given papers at meetings or contributed in other ways.

Next Meeting

  • The Development of Oldfield Park, Bath's 'New' Industrial Dormitory
  • St Mary's Bathwick Church Hall
  • 11-Mar-2019
  • 07:30 :PM
  • Richard Williams
  • In the 18th Century the city of Bath left the crowded confines of its medieval walls. In the latter half of the 19th Century it spread out yet further into the surrounding countryside, adding its first true suburbs. One of these suburbs became known as 'Oldfield Park'. This talk explores the early development of this suburb and the occupations of the people that first called it their home. It asks the question, 'Why did Bath experience substantial suburban expansion at this time?'

The principal activities of the group are:

  • To carry out academic research on the history and development of Bath
  • To meet regularly – usually monthly – throughout the year
  • To hear of the work of other members of the Group
  • To invite other researchers to speak on subjects relating to Bath and its locality
  • To organise study visits to localities in or near Bath
  • To support individuals and organisations with an interest in Bath history
  • To help to ensure that Bath archives are maintained and developed for the future