Turkish baths for animals

London: 2 Victoria Street

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Oriental Baths, including horse baths

Just as Dr Richard Barter had opened a flagship Turkish baths in Dublin's Lincoln Place in 1860, so—two years later—did he open a new establishment, probably intended as the first of many on the mainland, in London's Victoria Street.

For a number of reasons it was not a success and the Oriental Bath Company of London was extremely fortunate that its building stood on what had in the meantime become the most appropriate site for the building of a new London railway terminus, Victoria Station. The site was bought by the District Metropolitan Railway Company and demolished in 1865, just three years after it opened, probably much to the relief of the bath company's shareholders

The right-hand entrance of the building led to the Turkish baths for horses which, according to the Illustrated London News was 'by no means a slight feature in this important sanitary arrangement'

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