Glenbrook Royal Victoria Hotel & Baths:
opening of hotel extension,
Turkish bath, and Glenbrook Pier, 1858

The Royal Victoria Hotel 1858
< Image: courtesy Passage West/Monkstown website

These baths were opened eighteen years before Victorian Turkish baths made their debut at St Ann's Hydropathic Establishment, near Blarney, in 1856, but they were fairly comprehensive for their time. When first built, they comprised slipper and shower baths with a cold plunge pool, all of which were luxuriously fitted out.

According to Colman O'Mahony in his well-documented book The Maritime Gateway to Cork, they were claimed as being the equal of any in Europe so far as quality of fitment was concerned, with marble baths and individual dressing rooms. Male and female servants were in attendance and invalids were welcomed.

In 1858, the hotel was enlarged and new facilities, including a Turkish bath, were added. But the north wing and Turkish baths were completely destroyed by fire on 11 July 1859.

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Marcia D'Alton for leading me to this image, and the accompanying information

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