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Charles Dickens' London
Charles Dickens' London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

26th February 1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson

26th February 1965 Born today: Brittany York, London England, playmate (Oct, 1990)

26th February 1965 Born today: Alison Armitage, London England, actress (Acapulco HEAT)

26th February 1937 C Isherwood/WH Auden's Ascent of F6, premieres in London

26th February 1797 The Bank of England runs out of gold, due to war diminishing gold reserves.go to related location

The Roman Bath



The Roman Bath

The Roman Bath, open to the public for centuries

Location: 5 Strand Lane, London, WC2

Description:
It's certainly an old bath but whether it is Roman is open to doubt, but it may well have been part of the long gone Royal Palace Arundel House.

In the 19th century the 'Roman Bath' was opened to the public and cold plunges taken here were believed to be good for the health. Charles Dickens's character, David Copperfield, took many plunges in this cold bath.

Visits are by appointment only but the Roman Bath can be viewed through a full-length window on Surrey Street by pressing a light switch on the outside wall.

At the turn of the 20th century it was owned by a draper in Oxford Street who famously provided access to subscribers only via adverts in the London press. Two Guineas a year was the price but sadly he only had two subscribers, according to James Bone of the London Echoing.

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The Roman Bath

The Roman Bath, open to the public for centuries


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