A former Benedictine Monastery formed in the 7th century, it is reminiscent of a cathedral. The ‘Abbey Church of St. Peter’ is noted for music and includes two organs and a peal of ten bells. It is in pristine condition both inside and out.
The gothic interior hosts monuments to several notable people. Tombs, crypts and vaults of the socially prominent of the time line the walls and floors (not a resounding endorsement of Bath’s mineral waters) this practice is now forbidden by hygiene laws.
Here lies The body of Mrs. Hannah Alleyne, Wife of Thomas Alleyne, Esqr. of the Island of Barbadoes.
How amiable for the many Virtues she possessed!
But in none more religiously exemplary, than in the Exercise of her Patience, and entire Resignation to the divine Will during a tedious and painful Illness which She bore with a truly christian Fortitude, and died as sincerely lamented as she was beloved.
February the 10th: 1762
Aged 35 years.
Stranger whosoer thou art that readest this fair tablet weep for the living and not for the dead for ‘Of such is the kingdom of Heaven’
James Montagu statue 1832
Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade
Death came with timely care
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there.