It has been difficult to find information on the
Southport Turkish Baths Company since its records at The National
Archives (PRO) have been destroyed as part of a
random file destruction programme.
It is mentioned in some
editions of Kelly's Lancashire directory as being the proprietors
of the Turkish Baths at Albert Place. But ownership is also ascribed,
sometimes in the same directory, to the Southport Baths Company Limited.
There are at least three
possible explanations which are worth considering.
In the first case the company
might have been set up with the object of purchasing the Albert Place
establishment from its proprietor, John Lindsay. In such a situation the
ownership ascribed in Kelly to the Baths Company, rather than to
the Turkish Baths Company, might just be a mistake caused by
unfamiliarity with the name of the new company. The latter would then
have run the Turkish Baths from 1890 until some time between 1902 and
Or perhaps the Turkish Baths
Company was set up to lease the baths from their new owner, and then ran them
during the same period.
But the most likely scenario
would be for the Southport Baths Company to have set up a wholly owned
subsidiary with the aim of purchasing the Turkish Baths. This would have
been eminently sensible since they were located next door to the
Victoria Baths which the company already owned. If this had been the
case, then the Baths Company would have reverted to its own name between
1905 and whenever, between 1910 and 1913, the Victoria Baths were taken
over by Southport Corporation.