ath Abbey stands on a religious site which dates back well before the medieval period. A monastic house for nuns was built in 676 who were replaced by monks in around 758. The abbey was possibly destroyed by invading Danes. At the time of William Rufus, in 1088, Benedictine monks took over the site and a Norman Cathedral was built by Bishop John de Villula (John of Tours). The nave of the Cathedral would have been longer than the complete length of the abbey as it stands now. The Bishop's See was moved to Bath in around 1091 due to the importance of the town and its springs. A fire in 1137 badly damaged the Cathedral. A conflict arose between the regular clergy at Bath and the secular clergy at Wells as to who should have the Bishop's seat. The conflict was resolved in 1245 when it was decided that the bishop should be called the Bishop of Bath and Wells and should be elected by both the monks at Bath and the canons at Wells. The monks were badly affected by the Black Death in 1348 when more than half of their number perished. Construction of a new church was begun in 1499, much smaller than before fitting into the area of the nave of the older building.
YearMonthEvent
973 May 11  Coronation of King Edgar
 King Edgar was crowned at Bath Abbey. 
1088   Foundation of Bath Abbey
 Bath Abbey is founded by John de Villula and populated by Benedictine monks. 
1137   Bath Abbey fire
 A fire badly damages the church at Bath Abbey.[1] 
1244   Bishop of Bath and Wells
 The Pope decreed that Wells should be reinstated as a Cathedral and the Bishop became the Bishop of Bath and Wells. 
1248 - 1264 Bath Lady Chapel
 Construction of the Lady Chapel between 1248 to 1264.[2] 
1499   Construction at Bath Abbey
 Building work of a new church in the Perpendicular style began at Bath Abbey.[1] 

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