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Early C17 Cistern To Old Somerset House (Aka The Roman Bath)


  • Type: Cistern
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

The Cistern To Old Somerset House is set into the floor of a vaulted brick chamber, probably of late-C17 date, under a late-C19 extension to 33 Surrey Street. (No 5 Strand Lane is single storey, with the extension to No 33 Surrey Street above it; this extension is not included in the listing). It is entered via an arched entrance on Strand Lane and the vault is lit by a large arched window. - Historic England


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1612/00/00 Salomon de Caus Engineer "The Roman Bath" is built as a cistern to supply water to a grotto fountain in the Privy Garden of Old Somerset House (lost) for Anne of Denmark, the queen of James I.
1612/00/00 Anne of Denmark Owner Salomon de Caus designs a grotto fountain (lost) depicting Mount Parnassus in the Privy Garden of Old Somerset House (lost) for Anne of Denmark. The cistern, known as "The Roman Bath", that fed the fountain remains.
1776/11/02 Cold Bath at No 33 Surry-street now open - Advertisement in the Daily Advertiser (Essex baths are another plunge located to the south, at the rear of 32 Surrey Street.)
1865/00/00 The Lancet Media The Old Roman bath is Reopened with great Improvements - The Lancet medical journal
1922/00/00 Rev William Pennington-Bickford Owner Reverend William Pennington-Bickford buys the cistern to Old Somerset House removes the marble and tiles decorating the main chamber and performs small scale archaeological excavations.

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Particulars for Early C17 Cistern To Old Somerset House (Aka The Roman Bath):
Waterworks Cistern
Sight Category Structure
Historic Use Water supply system
Historic Use Water Works

Data
English National Heritage List: 1237102


Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
David Copperfield (book) Makrystoria Charles Dickens I began the next day with another dive into the Roman bath, and then started for Highgate.

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