Victorian London - Health and Hygiene - Baths and Bathing - Turkish Baths

The Victorian Turkish Bath

(home page:- Victorian Turkish Bath, http://www.victorianturkishbath.org)


Punch, May 26, 1866


see also Andrew Wynter in Our Social Bees - click here


 
 

The Turkish Bath, which closely resembles the Bath of the old Romans, was introduced into Ireland and England in 1856: and in London handsome baths were erected in Victoria-street, Westminster; these were taken down in 1855-6 * . The most extensive establishment of this class in London is the Hamman, or hot-air Bath, opened in 1862, No. 76, Jermyn-street, St. James's, and formed under the superintendence of Mr. David Urquhart; its cost is stated at 6000l.; the architecture is from eastern sources.

John Timbs, Curiosities of London, 1867

[* this date is wrong, says Malcolm Shifrin - these baths were open 1862-1865]


J. ALLEN & SON'S 
PORTABLE TURKISH BATH

FOR HOT AIR ONLY, HOT-AIR AND VAPOUR
MEDICATED OR  MECURIAL BATH,
GENERAL OR LOCAL USE

Recommended by the British Medical Journal, Medical Time, Sanitary Record, &c.
The Lancet,
Feb.23, 1878 - "This instrument is very complete and probably as good a form as can be devised for either a Turkish Bath or a Vapour Bath in a domestic way. What gives great additional value to it is that every precaution has been taken to make an accident impossible. It is portable, and can be packed in a box less that 12 inches square. It is cheap, and it acts promptly."
Complete Apparatus, for use under Chair, with best Clock .. 42/-
Complete Apparatus, for use under Chair with best Cloak, and tinned Iron Supports, in Box .. 50/-
Complete Apparatus with Wicker Frames for Bed .. 45/-
Vide Catalogue for 3 stamps.

advertisement in Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879


Old and New London, c.1880


Strand magazine, 1896