Bath

Bath is a small village and a former municipality in the Dutch province of Zeeland, lying on the north shore of the Western Scheldt. It is now located in the municipality of Reimerswaal, about 10 km southwest of Bergen op Zoom. Bath has a population of about 90.

According to the 19th-century historian A.J. van der Aa, the former village of Bath was hit by floods several times in the 16th century: in 1530, 1532, 1536 and 1539. After these floods, only the church tower of the village was left, but it too had disappeared by the 19th century. In 1773, a part of the area was reclaimed from the sea again, and a fort, Fort Bath, was built to protect the ships who collected the toll for passing ships. A small hamlet was built inside the fort; this became the new village of Bath.

Bath was a separate municipality until 1878 (called "Fort Bath" until 1816), when it became a part of the municipality of Rilland-Bath.

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  1. Gemeente Middelburg Burgerlijke stand MiddelburgMiddelburgMarriage record for Pieter Lankester & Francina Goossen, civil registry of marriages, Middelburg, 1848-10-18, record 93
  2. United States Census Office United States CensusUnited States Census, 1860: Franklin, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, sheet 123