Bath: 2 Edgar Buildings: George Street:
exterior of the building in the late 1950s

Exterior of baths

By the beginning of the 1960s, Turkish baths were becoming less popular—most homes now had running water, and there were far fewer people around who didn’t need to work during the day.

The business was becoming harder to run profitably, and Ted Hunt—who had been running the baths for the past twenty years—decided, at the age of 71, that working twelve or fourteen hours a day was getting too much for him.

He offered the baths to the City of Bath Corporation from which he and his father had rented the premises for many years. However, the corporation was not at interested.

When he was interviewed at the time,1 Ted said, 'I understand the Spa Committee were not prepared to act on a suggestion that the premises should continue to be used as Turkish Baths…It appears the premises will be more valuable to the Corporation empty.'

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 1. 'City to lose its Turkish baths' Bath Evening Chronicle (3 Jun 1961) [return]