The Victorian Turkish baths directory:
what is in it and how it is arranged



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Lists of Turkish baths—arranged by area and by user



Lists in the directory include the addresses of all Turkish baths so far identified in the British Isles, even though all but a few have long since closed.

Gradually, as more information is added to the site, each of these entries will be linked to its own descriptive article. Until then, some of the entries will be linked to chronologies, while others will simply show the first and last dates of any information known about them.

In addition to the directory of baths in the British Isles, there is a brief checklist of some Victorian Turkish baths located overseas.

Further information about how the baths were identified, and how they were dated, can be found here.

The grey Lists of Turkish baths button (above) leads to a hyperlinked image map of the British Isles as it was in the 19th century, and also to a supplementary  menu display. Both provide access to the lists of Turkish baths.

Section A comprises stand-alone Turkish baths open to the public. These are listed first by country, and then arranged alphabetically by name of place, with London baths being grouped separately. It is hoped that this section will become as comprehensive as possible.

Section B, on the other hand, comprises only a selection of establishments. These are usually part of a larger undertaking (eg, a hydro, or hospital), or else they are not open to the public (eg, they are in private houses or in members' clubs). Also included are some slightly more unusual Turkish baths, such as those built for the treatment of animals, or for passengers on ocean liners.

Section C is the checklist of some Turkish baths outside the British Isles. No attempt will be made to make this list exhaustive. Establishments are added as and when sighted and are not specifically sought.



Matt Pickin

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