Camberwell Public Baths, SE5

Camberwell Public Baths

Henry Spalding and Alfred Cross

1890-91, officially opened Oct. 1892

Artichoke Place / Kimpton Road, London SE5 7BS

This handsome red brick Grade II listed building has terracotta ornamentation, artificial stone dressings and a Dutch gable with a clock-face and a shell motif in the pediment. The listing text describes it as being in "Netherlandish Renaissance style," and as one of the first baths designed by Cross, who became "a leading expert" on such buildings and wrote the standard book about them, Public Baths and Wash-houses (1906). [Commentary continues below.]

Photograph and text by by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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