Above the 211 foot long nave of the Bath Abbey is an incredible fan vault. Each rib has a common curvature emulating from a central stem. This intricate design originated in England. Architect Thomas de Cambridge is credited with creating fan vaulting at the Gloucester Cathedral during the mid-14th century. Gloucester is located less than 50 miles away so it is easy to understand how the elegant style influenced William Vertue when creating the Bath Abbey. He fashioned similar vaults during the early 16th century at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge (the world’s largest fan ceiling) and St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.