Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for January 2009

Virginia Water, Surrey:
Holloway Sanatorium Turkish Baths, 1885

The Holloway Sanatorium was 'a hospital for the insane' designed for paying middle class patients of both sexes.  The building was designed by architect William Henry Crossland. The sanatorium opened in 1885.

Holloway Sanatorium

<Image: Illustrated London News

The Turkish baths, one set for men and another for women, were built to the same high standard as the rest of the building. 'The Turkish baths had marble seats and wall linings, while a shampooing room had a marble basin and pedestal.' 1

Turkish bath at Holloway Sanatorium, 1885
  <Image: Illustrated London News

The sanatorium continued in use, latterly within the National Health Service, until 1981, but the use of the Turkish bath almost certainly ended many years before then.


Entry  slightly revised, 5 September 2012

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  Hannah Thomas, Archives Assistant, Royal Holloway, University of London
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 1. Palaces, patronage and oils: Thomas Holloway—his sanatorium, college and picture gallery / John Elliott. — Egham : RHUL, 1996 [return]