“Nothing will come of nothing.”

So said King Lear in Shakespeare’s play of the same name. But something did come of nothing when, legend has it, Lear’s father, Prince Bladud, founded the City of Bath. One version of the story goes that the Prince caught leprosy and was banished from the court and forced to look after pigs. He noticed that the pigs also had a skin disease but when they wallowed in hot mud they were cured. Prince Bladud tried it and he too was cured, became King and founded the City of Bath.

Here he is in Bath with his pig:

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Later, in about 50AD, the Romans arrived and built a temple around which the town grew up and was known as Aquae Sulis – the waters of Sul. When the Romans left the Saxons took over and the town went from strength to strength eventually becoming a City.

If you have never been it is worth a visit and if you visit between the 24th May and 8th June you can visit the Fringe Festival venue at 1 and 2 Stall Street and see many works collected by the Charity Shop Art Appreciation Society.

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