is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, South West
England, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km)
south-east of Bristol. In 2011, its population was 88,859. It became a city by
Elizabeth I granting it a Royal Charter in 1590 and a county borough in 1889.
The city became part of Avon in 1974; since Avon's abolition in 1996, it has
been the principal centre of Bath and North East Somerset.
The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis ("the waters of
Sulis") c. AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of
the River Avon, although oral