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Bath-Roman baths-heated room

 

Possibly a sauna or a changing room, showing the piles of tiles that supported the floor and provided the space for the heated air to circulate. Under-floor heating not seen again in Britain until probably the 20th century!

 

 

Bath-Roman baths-heated room

 

Possibly a sauna or a changing room, showing the piles of tiles that supported the floor and provided the space for the heated air to circulate. Under-floor heating not seen again in Britain until probably the 20th century!

 

 

comments (10)

interesting place with your helpful text and this shot, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks Ayush - definitely worth a visit (book online and go early!) if you are ever anywhere reasonably close.
Je pencherais plutôt pour un sauna.
Tom Wilson: Nous avons un sauna infrarouge, et je viens de rentrer!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Jan 2020, 05:42
I makes for a wonderful image, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray. You can see the mortar smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jan 2020, 06:46
I've just come back from a property which had underfloor heating. Love it in the bathroom but it seems more difficult to control in others areas; slow to heat and slow to cool down. Perhaps the Roman version was better.
Tom Wilson: I guess the heat gets into the flooring material and is then given up only slowly.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 5 Jan 2020, 07:29
It took British society nearly 2000 yrs to get the message.
Tom Wilson: What a pity the Roman Empire did not last another 400 years!
The Romans were good at heating and plumbing.
Tom Wilson: And hydraulic engineering! Their aqueducts were amazing!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jan 2020, 08:32
Yes, the Romans developed some things of comfort and luxury.
Tom Wilson: They knew how to live comfortably - at least the upper classes did - lower down there was squalor!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jan 2020, 08:32
"A hypocaust (Latin: hypocaustum) is a system of central heating in a building that produces and circulates hot air below the floor of a room, and may also warm the walls with a series of pipes through which the hot air passes. This air can warm the upper floors as well."
Tom Wilson: Thanks for that!
Philine has beaten me to it, we learnt all about these when I went to school, it is indeed a Hypercaust, but I bet you knew that anyway.
Tom Wilson: Yes, indeed, Brian - if I hadn't, the notices around the place would have informed me smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 7 Jan 2020, 00:43
quite amazing

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