Plan and cross-section of the London Hammam

Cross-section and ground floor plan of the London Hammam
< On the art of constructing Turkish baths, and their economy as a means of cleanliness / David Urquhart (Trounce, 1862) Reprinted from: Journal of the Society of Arts (28 Feb 1862)

Section through, and floor plan of, David Urquhart's London Hammam built by the London & Provincial Turkish Bath Co Ltd and opened in 1862

The rooms on the upper floors of the original building, on Jermyn Street to the right of the plan, were converted into offices, and rooms for letting which were known as the Chambers. Mrs Doggett was originally appointed as housekeeper of the Chambers. The Turkish bath was built to the rear in the area formerly occupied by the stables.

Confusingly, the plan, originally published in 1862 in the Journal of the Society of Arts, is mislabelled.

The hararah, or first hot room, is the area in the form of a Maltese cross, at the left of the plan. The raised platform labelled C is actually the coolest part of the room and not, as captioned, 'Hottest'. The two hottest rooms are actually those labelled D in the corners of the square, and miscaptioned 'Hot or Hararah.'

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