Julie Minns, Chair of Friends of the Carlisle Victorian and Turkish Baths, presented a detailed account of the history of the city’s James Street bathing establishment to an enthusiastic audience of members and guests of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust on Tuesday, the First of March.
It was fascinating to learn that the Slipper Baths were opened in 1884 and financed by the profits from the city’s gas works. Despite some misgivings, the splendid Turkish Baths, which have been described as Carlisle’s hidden gem, were opened a few years later in 1909. It is sobering to appreciate that this is one of only twelve Turkish Baths still operating in Britain.
The Friends believe that there is a viable and sustainable future for both the Turkish Baths and the original Slipper Baths and take great heart from the publicity that their campaign is attracting.