Large poster with Public Baths, Goulston Street; c1890's
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actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Large poster with Public Baths, Goulston Street; c1890's


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Large poster with "Public Baths, Goulston Street" printed in blue.
This poster announces the opening of the Men's Public Swimming Bath at Goulston Street, east London. In 1845-47 public washhouses and baths were constructed on the site between Old Castle Street and Goulston Street. Forty years later, both male and female swimming baths were added to the facilities. The poster refers to two pools, one for first-class bathers, and the other for those paying second-class rates.
The public bath and washhouse movement formed part of the crusade to improve the conditions of the urban poor. By 1912, over three million visits a year were made to public baths in the capital. There were usually more facilities for men than women.
In 1989 the Goulston Street facilities closed and the building was partly demolished. The site became home to The Women's Library, which incorporated the facade of the original washhouse building within its entrance.




1885 AD - 1899 AD

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