Swimming Gala, Royal Brine Baths, Stafford

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Date:27th of September 1952

Description:The Mayor of Stafford, Alderman C E Fowke hands the Hastings Medhurst girls’ inter-school shield to Joyce Pearce, representing the successful Riverway School team, at the joint annual gala of the Stafford Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Swimming Clubs on Saturday 27 September. On the left, holding the shield, is Brewster Cartwright, of Dartmouth Street School, and on the right are Janet Trawford and Wendy Parrish, who received the junior inter-school shield on behalf of St. Leonard’s School.

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. Its royal title was granted after a visit by the Duchess of Teck in 1895. The Brine Baths were believed to cure rheumatism, the warm brine improving circulation. Each patient was allotted a private bath and dressing room. There was a swimming pool, Turkish baths and a several therapeutic pools (for curing rheumatism) provided and entrance cost sixpence. The baths were demolished in 1977 when the building was found to be unsafe. Civic offices now stand on this site.

This photograph was published in the Staffordshire Newsletter on Saturday 4 October 1952. Reproduced by kind permission of the Staffordshire Newsletter who retain copyright.

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