History The Guildhall has hundreds of years of history etched into its foundations. Close to Bath Abbey, the site was once occupied by a Stuart Guildhall, built back in 1625 and replacing an earlier Tudor structure. Modernisation and the construction of a further building was undertaken by skilled architect Thomas Baldwin in 1775, transforming the central courtyard into an open-air market. The Guildhall was subsequently roofed, and ancillary wings were eventually added towards the end of the 19th century. Originally intended as a public marketplace, it is still being used as such to this very day! Housing some of Bath's foremost smaller businesses and artisan stallholders, there's not much that you can't find under the incredible Victorian cast-iron roof.