Spas and Spa Visiting
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Spas and Spa Visiting

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The British spa came into its own in the Georgian period, with thousands flocking to take the waters at Bath, Cheltenham and Tunbridge Wells as well as numerous other towns. As these towns grew, their reputation as fashionable destinations became as or more important than the benefits of bathing, which in any case often involved immersion in water tainted by dirt and diseases from fellow bathers. Ian D. Rotherham here traces the story of the British spa back to Roman and medieval times, through their heyday in Georgian and Victorian Britain and right up to their decline in the twentieth century and recent revival. With a wealth of colourful illustrations, this book is a perfect introduction to changing attitudes to public bathing and health, and describes the rise of some of Britain's most famous towns.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 146 x 206 x 6mm | 140g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b/w; 40 col
  • 0747813744
  • 9780747813743

About Ian Rotherham

Ian D. Rotherham, ecologist and landscape historian, is Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change at Sheffield Hallam University. An international authority on cultural and historical aspects of landscapes, especially peat bogs and peatlands, he also writes and broadcasts on environmental issues.show more

Table of contents

Ancient Beginnings / Bathing and Bathhouses in Medieval Times / The Rise of the Georgian Spas and Spa Towns / The Georgian Waters / Hydropathy: The Victorian Craze for Healing Waters / The Georgian Spa Towns Today / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Indexshow more