Victorian Turkish baths directory

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In hydropathic establishments (hydros)

Hot room at Kenworthy's Hydro, SouthportThis table lists some of the Turkish baths provided in hydros, arranged alphabetically by their location.

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Dates in maroon  are first and last sightings;
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Table last revised: 29 March 2022
[]] [] ABERDEEN: Lochhead Hydropathic Establishment1860—1868 1860—1868
[]] [] BATH: Limpley Stoke 1862—1939
[]] [] BLACKPOOL: Imperial Hydro, Claremont Park   1884—1902+
[]] [] BLARNEY (Co.Cork, Ireland): St Ann(e)'s Hydro
   Dr Richard Barter built the first Victorian Turkish Bath in the British
   Isles here, with the help of David Urquhart
[]] [] BOSCOMBE: Linden Hall, Christchurch Road  1920s
[]] [] BOWDEN: Malvern House, Langhorne Road 1898
[]] [] BOWNESS: Windermere Hydro, Biskey Howe    1881—1909+
[]] [] BRIDGE OF ALLAN: Hydropathic Establishment    1862—1886+
[]] [] CATERHAM: Godstone Road, Surrey Hills Hydro & Turkish Baths     1898—c.1927
[]] [] CLEVEDON: Clevedon Hydropathic Establishment 1895
[]] [] DELGANY: Delgany Hydropathic Establishment 1863—1870
[]] [] DUNBLANE: Philp's Dunblane Hydropathic Establishment 1878—1936
[]] [] EDINBURGH: Craiglockhart Hydro, Colinton     1880—c.1915  
[]] [] EDINBURGH: Sciennes Hill Hydropathic Establishment, Newington 1861—1871
[]] [] FORRES: Cluny Hill Hydropathic Establishment   1864—1874+
[]] [] GLENBROOK (Co.Cork, Ireland): Dr Curtin's Hydropathic Establishment   1858—1870s
[]] [] HARROGATE: Connaught Hydro, Connaught Road 1886—1899
[]] [] HARROGATE: Cairn Hydropathic Establishment, Duchy Road 1892—1899
[]] [] HARROGATE: Harlow Manor, Harlow Manor Road   1893—1899+
[]] [] HARROGATE: Harrogate Hydropathic Establishment, Swan Road    1878—c.1950
[]] [] HASTINGS: Hastings Hydro and Spa, Old London Road 1884,  1894
[]] [] HASTINGS: Metcalfe's Hydro: Wellington Square
   Continued in: England—the provinces: HASTINGS: Wellington Sq
[]] [] HELENSBURGH: Shandon Hydropathic Establishment
[]] [] HEXHAM: Hexham Hydro, Westfield House    1878—c.1914
[]] [] ILKLEY: Ben Rhydding Hydro, Ben Rhydding 1859—1939
[]] [] ILKLEY: Craiglands Hydro (later Hotel) 1860s,  1938
[]] [] KILMACOLM: Kilmalcolm Hydro         —1882
[]] [] LEAMINGTON: Arboretum Hydro, Tachbrook Road   1863—1866+
[]] [] LLANDUDNO: Llandudno Hydropathic Establishment, The Parade 1872—1905
[]] [] LONDON: Beulah Spa, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood   1859—1913+
[]] [] LONDON: Metcalfe's London Hydro, Richmond Hill   1898—1919+
[]] [] LONDON: New Barnet: Graffenberg House, Station Road 1863—1878
[]] [] LONDON: Paddington Green Hydro, Paddington Green (11) 1859—1897
[]] [] MATLOCK: Rockside Hydropathic Establishment 1862—1946
[]] []
MATLOCK BANK: Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment   1859—1950s
[]] [] MOFFAT: Hydro Hotel 1878—1921
[]] [] PETERSHAM: Sudbrook Park 1861
[]] [] RHYL: North Wales Hydropathic Establishment and Turkish baths 1878—1893
[]] [] ROTHESAY: Paterson's Hydropathic Establishment and Turkish baths 1862—        
[]] [] SKELMORLIE: Wemyss Bay Hydropathic Establishment: Turkish baths 1877—        
[]] [] SOUTHPORT: Limes Hydro, Bath Street (51 & 53)
   Image above
[]] [] SOUTHPORT: Smedley's Hydro, Trafalgar Road (23), Birkdale Park c.1880s—1909+   
[]] [] SOUTHPORT: Sunnyside Hydro, The Promenade Extension 1901—1905
[]] [] TEMPLEMORE: Barnane Hydropathic & Turkish Bath Establishment 1865—        
[]] [] TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Bishop's Down Spa Hydropathic Sanatorium   1878—1916+
[]] [] WALTON-ON-THAMES: Hydropathic Establishment 1858
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Anne Hawkesworth, for information about Ilkley
John Palmer, for the link to his Smedley's brochure
Keith Scanlon, for information about the Delgany Hydro


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