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Victorian Turkish Baths: their origin, development, and gradual decline
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The history of the Victorian Turkish bath is virtually uncharted, so the website is an attempt to interest historians in an aspect of Victorian life which has been almost totally forgotten. David Urquhart's reintroduction of the so-called Turkish (actually Roman) bath into the British Isles in 1856 was largely achieved by the Turkish Bath Movement allied to his Foreign Affairs Committees and promulgated in the Sheffield Free Press and the Free Press newspapers.
Created by a retired media resources librarian and historian who has been interested in the subject since 1990, this comprehensive site has seven main sections: Introductory; History of the Turkish bath; general Turkish bath Topics (e.g. caricatures and cartoons, hydropathy, the earliest photos of Turkish baths); some Turkish bath Personalities; Turkish bath Companies; Turkish bath Directory (listing more than 600 establishments and with brief articles about an increasing number of them); and Charivari (a collection of short items on a variety of subjects).
In addition there are many hundreds of illustrations in both thumbnail and enlarged versions,
together with footnotes, bibliography, illustrations index, and two-way acknowledgments. There is also a listing of the 16 Turkish baths that are still open, with contact numbers and addresses. The site is searchable and is updated and augmented regularly.
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not be so lucky as to experience an actual Turkish bath at home, but
if you need to warm those bones on these cold winter nights I
suggest virtually plunging in to
‘Everything and more than you might conceivably want to know about Victorian and other Turkish baths is on this site.’
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'This very well-organized site has pretty much everything you every wanted to know about Victorian Turkish Baths.' (Victorian Studies Forum, University of Florida)
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'…an extensive account of the origins of the Turkish bath in Britain.'
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