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Staines Municipal Baths Sign

The Baths in Staines were located in Bridge Street, I just remember seeing the Green sign, although I didn't realise it until I saw the sign. When I think of the Baths I think of green, it wasn't until I saw the sign I saw why.

The building of the first public baths stems back to an 1844 movement called the Association for Promoting Cleanliness Among the Poor, which aimed to provide washing facilities for those members of “the poorer working classes” who did not have access to them in their homes. The first three buildings were erected over the next two years, one in the City (Glasshouse Yard Baths), another at Goulston Square in Whitechapel and a final one at George St in St. Pancras.

1846 also brought the passing of the Public Baths and Wash Houses Act and then, in 1852, Baths and Washhouses for the Labouring Classes, which aimed: “To promote the health and cleanliness of the working classes, and as a necessary consequence, improve their social condition and raise their moral tone, thereby, tendering them more accessible to and better fitted to receive religious and secular training.” This act gave local authorities the power to commission public baths in their own boroughs, although few councils chose to do this.