Half way down, a landing
originally led directly into the plunge pool mezzanine, complete with its own
showers. This ensured easy access both for bathers coming up from the hot rooms,
and also for those going
down from the cooling-room.
At the bottom
of the stairs one can go left or right. As Helen Parton wrote,
mezzanine and basement areas are a little labyrinthine, with small rooms bearing
off in all directions; for the first-time visitor, it is difficult to get one's
Apart from the
cooling-room and plunge pool, the Turkish bath boasted a showering 'cabin', a shampooing room
with marble slabs for two bathers to be treated at the same time, and three hot rooms
arranged so that the air temperature increased as the bather progressed towards the
boiler house end of the baths.
specifically designed for changing has so far been positively identified,
but bathers probably undressed in the cooling-room which might well have
contained clothes lockers. It is impossible to say for certain how the cooling-room was furnished as there are no longer any traces of the Turkish bath in this
part of the building.
room is no longer open to view—the marble slabs were removed years ago by a
previous leaseholder; the room is
now used as a store and contains a lift shaft serving the theatre.
Neither is it possible to see the hottest of the hot rooms or the boiler room,
both of which have been blocked off.
practical alteration has been that the two toilets which used to serve the
original shops have been transformed into a modern washroom to serve the bar's