I’m happy to tell you that the Dafter’s health is improving! The other day we were able to leave the wheelchair at the gate and go on foot to explore and photograph the Roman Bath ruins.
These ruins are in a northern suburb of Glasgow called Bearsden. (I have no idea whether there were ever bears here.) This bath house served a barracks or fort located along the long wall called the Antonine Wall. The Antonine Wall was built in about 140 A.D. by Emperor Antoninus Pius, and it marked the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire. Even on a pleasant day, it’s hard to imagine the Romans not feeling a little bit chilly all the way up here!
The soldiers weren’t just having cold baths, though – far from it. The bathhouse was pretty sophisticated, with hot rooms using underfloor heating, a hot and dry room heated by a furnace, a cold room and also a cold bath. And did I mention a large changing room? Probably without lockers, though.
We had such a nice time, exploring and trying to imagine Roman soldiers in this place, so very long ago.
Below you see the semi-circular cold bath, with a bench running along the side. It does kind of give me the shivers to think actual, real people like us (or probably not very like us) sat there at one time!
Historical places do have that somewhat shivery effect on me. Which is silly, because actually almost every place you can go is a “historical place” insofar as it has some kind of history.