6-29 June 2014
Usually open by special arrangement only, the National Trust’s ‘Roman Bath’, on the King’s College London Strand Campus, will be open to the public every day during the run of Museum of Water. The Roman Bath, 5 Strand Lane is a spring-fed brick cistern under the back-building of No.33 Surrey Street. Reputed since the 1830s to be a Roman relic, it was in fact originally the cistern for an early seventeenth-century fountain in Somerset House, and was converted for use as a cold bath, after 150 years of neglect, in the 1770s. Its cold waters killed the MP and sculpture-collector William Weddell in 1792, and refreshed the young David in Ch. 35 of David Copperfield (1850).
Friday 6 – Sunday 29 June, guided tours at 11.30, 12.45 and 14.00 daily
5 Strand Lane, London WC2R 2NA
This event is part of the programme of events, talks and workshops accompanying Museum of Water at Somerset House.