On this day in 1699, Thomas Bowrey and his wife, Mary, were staying in Bath for four weeks. There is some evidence that both Thomas and Mary suffered poor health and spent spells in both Bath and Tunbridge Wells in the hope of some healing.
Although Bath is often associated with the Regency period, its restorative waters had been known, and taken advantage of, since pre-Roman times. Elizabeth I granted a royal charter to the town to care for the springs in 1591. Bath had become a very fashionable destination from the 1670s and by 1699 arrangements had to be made to accommodate the horses of the gentry on the town common.