Turkish baths in London

Railway Approach (London Bridge)

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Very little is so far known about these Turkish baths apart from the changes of ownership shown in the chronology.

According to a lease in the collection of the Southwark Local History Library, Samuel Thompson was still in residence at No.21 Railway Approach—where the rear room was a hairdressers—as late as 1898.

We also know, from a ticket for the coronation procession, that—at least by 1910—there were facilities for women who entered by a separate entrance in Denman Street at the rear of the building. And, from a life-sized enamel sign advertising the Savoy Turkish Baths some years later, we know the women's baths were probably still open until the baths closed in 1921. But we don't know whether there were facilities for women when the baths first opened.

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Ticket for coronation procession of King George V on 22 June 1911

Enamelled sign for Savoy Turkish Baths

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