Royal Brine Baths, Stafford

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Date:1900 - 1901 (c.)

Description:In the 1880s a thick bed of salt was discovered on Stafford Common, during the search for a water supply for the town. This led to the opening of the Brine Baths in Greengate Street in 1892, designed by George Wormald. Its royal title was granted after a visit by the Duchess of Teck in 1895.

A swimming pool, Turkish baths and a several therapeutic pools were provided. Entrance cost sixpence.

The open-sided tower was used by the fire brigade to dry their hoses and store their ladder; rowing boats and canoes could be hired from 'Old Joe' the boat man, whose boatyard was located at the side of the baths.

The baths were demolished in 1977 when the building was found to be unsafe. Civic offices now stand on this site.


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1870s
Bridge Street, Stafford
Bridge Street, Stafford

View from Green Bridge towards Chetwynd House. Mr Jenkinson, a baker and confectioner, ...

1900s
Royal Brine Baths, Stafford
Royal Brine Baths, Stafford

In the 1880s a thick bed of salt was discovered on Stafford Common, during the search ...

1920s
Greengate Street and Mill Bank Corner, Stafford,
Greengate Street and Mill Bank Corner, Stafford,

View showing Henry Mercer's saddlers shop and the Baths Hotel on Greengate Street. In ...

1940s
Chetwynd House, Stafford,
Chetwynd House, Stafford,

Chetwynd House was built around 1712-1715 by William Chetwynd, 3rd Viscount Chetwynd ...

1970s
Mercer's Saddlers Shop, Stafford,
Mercer's Saddlers Shop, Stafford,

Mercer's shop on the corner of Bridge Street and Mill Bank, established in 1910. In ...

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Donor ref:P82.032.0002 (18/1710)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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