View of the Hotwells near Bristol, taken from Rownham Ferry
View of the Hot Wells near Bristol taken from the Rownham Ferry. Hotwells was an area named after the hot springs which were discovered underneath the Avon Gorge at Clifton. During the later 18th century, it was promoted as a spa and health resort for ailing gentry. Rownham Ferry was an important crossing point of the Avon from at least the 12th century. Hotwells was popular for a time, but could not complete with nearby Bath, and gradually fell into decline.