Turkish baths in Workhouses


King's Lynn: Extons Road



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Victorian Turkish Baths: their origin, development, and gradual decline


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List of other Turkish baths in workhouses
List of other Turkish baths in the provinces



It is not yet known when this Turkish bath was opened.  It was certainly open in 1864 as it was mentioned in local newspaper quoting from a recently published book. The author, Senior Physician to the  Royal Infirmary for Diseases of the Chest, writes that the bath 'proves of great service both to the sick and the healthy' and recommends it for consideration by all workhouse managers.

The writer goes on to praise Mr. Kendall, the Medical Officer to the Lynn Workhouse, who, he claims, was responsible for introducing the first hot air bath 'for the benefit of the poor in the manner described'.

If this is correct, then the Turkish bath must have been installed  early in 1863 (or even before then) as it is known that the workhouses at Fermoy and Lismore both had such baths by then.

It is possible that the author was unaware of the baths in Ireland and really meant that the Turkish bath at King's Lynn was the first to be installed in a workhouse in England.

Further research is needed here, not only to determine when the baths were actually opened, but how they were used and how long they survived.



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