Lilly Lane Baths
Eureka is one of Halifax's most popular tourist attractions, but did you know that the same are was also attracting large numbers of visitors many years ago too?
Lilly Lane Baths Aka Halifax Baths & Pleasure Grounds and Greece Fields Public Baths, Halifax.
Extensive facilities developed by Thomas Rawlinson at Coldwell Ings near the Hebble Brook at Lilly Lane. He had acquired a 99-year lease on the land from the Waterhouse Charities in 1784. They opened in 1793 on the east side of Hebble Brook. They were the only local public baths at the time.
Part of the large area once occupied by Halifax Baths & Pleasure Grounds
|The facilities were said to be the finest and most extensive suite of
baths in Yorkshire, including
shrubberies and landscaped gardens with some of Leyland sculpture,
medicated and sulphur baths,
hot, cold and tepid baths.
A membership fee was charged for the use of the facilities.
The baths were supplied by fresh-water springs which rose in Greece Fields.
The privately-owned baths, which were built of red brick, closed in
1853 and were sold to make way for the railway. |