Royal Brine Baths, Stafford

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Description:Brass lettering on the side of the Royal Brine Baths.

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.

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

This side of the baths was at one time used as a boatyard. Rowing boats and canoes could be hired from 'Old Joe' the boat man.

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Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P80.78.2, img: 1671 (10/2120)

Source: Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service

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