Advert for the Model Sanitary Turkish Baths
Medium: Print on paper
The first Turkish-style bathhouse in Britain was opened by Roger Evans in 1860. He set it up in his home on Bell Street, just off the Edgware Road in London. Baths became fantastically popular with the middle and upper classes, who thought that steam-heat was a reliable aid to the complexion, as well as boosting the immune system and relieving symptoms of gout and rheumatism. By the end of the decade there were over 600 baths in Britain, with 100 of these in London. This one in Marylebone Road was open between 1865 and 1871.