Asylums: The Retreat, York:
proposed opening hours and charges for the Turkish bath

Proposed opening hours and charges
< Reproduced from an original (RET 5/7/7/2) in the Borthwick Institute, University of York

Once the baths were built, running costs were relatively small. Baker put the heating cost at between nine and eleven shillings per week, and part of this was met by opening the baths to the public, a practice already well-established at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Infirmary, and later followed by Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

It also appears, from the amended third line of the draft, that originally it was intended to open the baths to men only, but with its external entrance there was no logical reason to exclude women.

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Paul Dryburgh, Archivist, Borthwick Institute for Archives

Alexandra Mould, Archives Assistant, Borthwick Institute for Archives

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