The Preston Foreign Affairs Committee calls
a meeting to be held at their Turkish Baths

FAC Poster
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When Urquhart returned to England from St Annís, he found that his workingmen were often practical people with manual and technical skills, and that they were interested in the progress of his bath-building. He saw how one after the other showed an interest in constructing and using them, in offering their use to fellow workers and, in groups, considering how best to share the fuel costs.

Accordingly, he encouraged them to the adopt the idea of running Turkish baths as a means of financial support, thereby enabling them to concentrate more on their political activities, raise their standard of living, and become more independent.

In this he was satisfied, and there are extant posters which advertise such meetings. But the rooms were also let out to other groups, providing additional income, and their use by Secularists is noted in Chapter 12: Ownership.

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