Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for September 2006

Ben Rhydding Hydropathic Establishment:
the Roman baths, c.1861

Turkish baths at Ben-Rhydding Hydropathic Establishment

Ben Rhydding was opened on 29 May 1844 by Hamer Stansfield, a former Mayor of Leeds. He had visited, and been impressed by, Graeffenberg Spa and built his own in Ilkley at a cost of 30,000.

The Turkish baths, or Roman baths as they were more correctly called, cost a further 2,000 and were built at the establishment some time around 1859, only three years or so after the first Turkish baths were built at St. Ann's by Dr Barter.

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