The Turkish Baths, James Street, Carlisle

This is a single frame, printer-friendly page taken from Malcolm Shifrin's website
Victorian Turkish Baths: their origin, development, and gradual decline

Visit the original page to see it in its context and with any included images or notes

Original page

The Turkish Baths, James Street, Carlisle

Victoria Brenan writes in the Carlisle News & Star on 26 April 2010 that, Carlisle's Turkish Baths have been awarded listed status after an appeal by former MP Eric Martlew.

English Heritage has given the building a Grade II status, praising the Edwardian baths as a ‘very intact and complete example’ of a Turkish Baths suite.

Inspectors visited the baths last October and described the inside of the building, on James Street, as impressive.

'The centrepiece of the suite is undoubtedly the cold room which remains essentially unchanged since its construction,' their report said.

'[It] is lavishly decorated with ornate columns supporting round arches and corner vaults. It has tiles of green, blue and buff glazes and a tarrazzo floor.

'Overall, this is a handsome ensemble of architectural quality.'

Mr Martlew wrote to English Heritage last year after becoming concerned that the baths, which opened in 1909, may be affected by the possible relocation of the neighbouring Pools complex.

The city council, which owns the Pools and the baths, denied they were ever under any threat.

This page last updated 14 January 2021

The original page includes a thumbnail image which shows part of the pool

Top of the page


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

Home pageSite mapSearch the site

Comments and queries are most welcome and can be sent to:
The right of Malcolm Shifrin to be identified as the author of this work
has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

©  Malcolm Shifrin, 1991-2021