Object number : BATVG : PD : 1933.301

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Production date/period : 1739

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This shows Bath’s original Pump Room, which was built in 1706. Almost as soon as it was built it was criticised by leading physicians as unsuitable for use by the sick. The large, arched openings made the Pump Room hot in Summer and cold in the Winter.

However, before the Pump Room was built, spa water could only be drunk from pumps in the baths themselves, and so this brought the spa facilities up to date, making them more appealing to the wealthy and fashionable.

This building was not just a place for taking the waters, but also Bath’s social centre, a place to see and be seen.

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Location status : Available to view by appointment