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The coins, believed to date from the 3rd century, were found about 150 m (450 ft) from the Roman baths.Nennius, a 9th-century historian, mentions a "Hot Lake" in the land of the Hwicce along the River Severn, and adds "It is surrounded by a wall, made of brick and stone, and men may go there to bathe at any time, and every man can have the kind of bath he likes.Seven thousand pounds was spent on fortifications, but on the appearance of parliamentary forces the gates were thrown open and the city surrendered.It became a significant post for the New Model Army under William Waller.There are several museums including the Museum of Bath Architecture, the Victoria Art Gallery, the Museum of East Asian Art, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and the Holburne Museum. Bath became part of the county of Avon in 1974, and, following Avon's abolition in 1996, has been the principal centre of Bath and North East Somerset.The city has two universities – the University of Bath and Bath Spa University – with Bath College providing further education. and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva; the name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, appearing in the town's Roman name, Aquae Sulis (literally, "the waters of Sulis").Thomas Guidott, a student of chemistry and medicine at Wadham College, Oxford, set up a practice in the city in 1668.He was interested in the curative properties of the waters, and he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there.
Further building was undertaken in the 19th century and following the Bath Blitz in World War II.A Royal charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590 confirmed city status.During the English Civil War, the city was garrisoned for Charles I.Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath stone, includes the Royal Crescent, Circus, Pump Room and Assembly Rooms where Beau Nash presided over the city's social life from 1705 until his death in 1761.Many of the streets and squares were laid out by John Wood, the Elder, and in the 18th century the city became fashionable and the population grew.