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From: "Tony Brown" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Bath attendant 1911
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:07:58 +0100
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Other possibilities

1) Southend had 2 floating swimming baths moored off shore (one for men one
for ladies) - when the tide was in patrons would be rowed out.
2) By 1911 a small baths had opened in Tylers Avenue
3) there were slipper baths in the Pier Hill buildings where people could
bathe in fresh or more usually sea water Hot or cold. Seaweed baths were
also available - bath attendants would be out in the early hours of the
morning gathering seaweed which was steamed and emptied into the bath.
These claimed beneficial effects for rheumatism and gout and a general aid
to convalescence. An advert from 1901 boasts 'Two corridors of select baths
always ready'

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On Behalf Of David Hoye
Sent: 22 September 2010 03:26
Subject: [Ess] Bath attendant 1911

Hi Frank,
"Taking the waters at a Spa", became the in-thing in 18th c England and
Southend on Sea was develpoed as such a Spa Town from Regency times. The
well-heeled were conveyed by mail-coach and settled for the week-end in
small but well appointed hotels and invited to partake of a dunk in the sea
by way of a "bathing-machine", a covered box on wheels - "preserving
modesty" -  seating up to 8 persons. The carriage ran on tracks and gravity
took it down to the water and it was winched back up by strong young men.

The town developed fast during the 19th c and proper swimming baths were
added, though the older machines were retained.
By 1911 it was a hugely popular destination for thousands of Londoners, who
arrived via 2 railway lines and fast paddle-ships.
Male and female bathing attendants were employed in great numbers, to do
everything expected of servants of the period - fetching and carrying,
dispensing refreshments etc.
Hope this helps.
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