‘Stunning’ Victorian Bathhouse Discovered Beneath a Manchester Parking Lot

A ‘stunning’ Victorian bathhouse has been recently discovered by excavators while upending a Manchester parking lot. The bathhouse…
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A ‘stunning’ Victorian bathhouse has been recently discovered by excavators while upending a Manchester parking lot. The bathhouse is more than 150-years old; however, it is still in very good condition.

According to city archaeologists, the bathhouse was a Mayfield Baths where city textile workers washed clothes and bathed during the 19th century.

We knew what we would be excavating but we didn’t expect the tiles to be in such good condition. They are stunning.” Graham Mottershead, project manager at Salford Archaeology

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The excavators have found out flues, pumps, 62-foot long tiled pools, and broiler in the ‘stunning Victorian bathhouse.  The water is heated with the apparatus and then it is sent circling throughout the pools.

They made use of drone photography and 3D laser scanning to detect the site and create digital drawings. In the 19th century, trading activities in Manchester converted the city into the manufacturing heart of England. The city was called “Cottonpolis.”

As of that time, there were poor sanitary conditions and the Mayfield Baths was a place that improved the lives of the factory workers.

Before public baths, the textile workers lived in cramped unsanitary conditions and would wash their clothes in the used bathwater.  Public baths were a game-changer for the health of the working classes, keeping clean, and having clean clothes were essential for public health.

Ian Miller, a Salford Archaeology

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