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.