Hot Brine Bath, Shanklin Chine, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Hot Brine Bath, Shanklin Chine, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Photograph taken 13 July 2001 © Mr Mark Hadley. Source Historic England Archive ref: 310248

This hot brine bath dates from c1845. It is a marble basin with a sloping back and 2 steps at the front with a wooden handrail. This bath was removed from a cottage in 1970. Sea water was piped to the cottage and heated in a large copper tank by means of a fire underneath. Hot brine baths were thought to have special health giving properties but the practice became less common towards the end of the 19th century when sea bathing became more popular.

Location

Isle of Wight Shanklin

Period

Victorian (1837 - 1901)

Tags

bath health hygiene Victorian (1837 - 1901)