Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for August 2007

Cambray Spa Turkish baths
Rodney Road, Cheltenham

Cambray Turkish Baths, Cheltenham
< Outside Ruck's Turkish baths, c.1886
Enlargement of name
plate by the entrance
< Enlargement of plate on left of entrance, just above the head of the standing figure.

This postcard reproduces a photograph taken some years earlier, probably around 1886 when William Ruck died and the baths were taken over by his son Frank.

The building, originally known as the Cambray Spa, was built in 1835. William bought the spa around 1871 and added a Turkish baths on one side and a photographic studio on the other. The new Turkish baths opened on 19 February 1873.

The name plate reads:

F. RUCK'S Massage & Electro Galvanic ESTABLISHMENT.

After Frank's death in 1938 the baths were demolished in order to build a carpark.

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Michael Cartwright for permission to reproduce his postcard and his own enlargement of the

name plate by the entrance

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