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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


The First Lytham Baths

Baths were in existence at Lytham as early as the 1840s, at Bath Cottage on the corner of Central Beach and Bath Street.
These would not be like modern swimming baths; there was probably a plunge bath for about six people and smaller, individual baths.
The baths run by Anne Middlehurst and her daughters.

 Anne Middlehurst (1789-1875) was a widow who ran Bath Cottage (a lodging house) & the Baths with her daughters Annie, Alice & Margaret. The baths closed in 1853 as the Clifton Estate wanted the site to build the Neptune Hotel (now The Queens Hotel).

Reproduced below is an advert for the sale of contents of Bath Cottage in 1854. After the baths closed Anne, Alice and Margaret moved to Clifton Street where they ran a lodging house.

Things did not go well; by the 1870s, Anne and daughter Margaret were living at the Fylde Workhouse at Wesham.

The Preston Guardian, Saturday, February 4, 1854;

Large sale of Furniture, Pianofortes, &c.

Mr. L. BROWN has been favoured with instructions TO SELL BY AUCTION, without reserve, upon the premises occupied by Mrs. Middlehurst, Bath-cottage, East Beach, in Lytham, (who is leaving the house and premises in consequence of the intended alterations thereof,) on WEDNESDAY, the 8TH of FEBRUARY, 1854, at Ten o'clock in the Forenoon, and One in the Afternoon,

THE whole of the HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND FURNITURE, comprising Four-post, Camp, and other Bedsteads, with hangings ; two Press-beds, five prime feather Beds, Pillows and Bolsters; Floss Beds, Mattresses, Quilts, Counterpanes, Blankets, Bed-room Carpets, Chairs, Fenders, Fire-irons, Toilet-glasses, mahogany Drawers, Desks, mahogany and painted Commodes, Dressing-tables, Washstands, Towel-rails, Window Furniture, Chamberware, and other articles.

STAIRCASE AND LOBBY. — Lamp, Oil-cloth, Mats, Carpet,

DINING-ROOM.—Large Carpet, Hearth-rug, Fender, Fire-irons, Sofa with cushions, Rocking-chair, large mahogany Dining-table, with D ends, Sideboard, Garduvin ; Pianoforte (square), 5 ½ octaves, by Netting of Soho, London; Damask Curtains and Drapery for two windows, Giese, China, Dessert Service, Chimney Ornaments, and other minor articles, with eight Chairs, and two Arm-chairs.

DRAWING-ROOM.—Large Carpet, Hearth-rug, brass Fender and Fire-irons, Chimney-glass, Sofa with cushions, China Ornaments, six Chairs and two Arm-chairs with cushions, Window Curtains and Drapery ; a brilliant-toned Boudoin Cottage Pianoforte, 6 7/8 octaves, in rosewood case, by Nutting, Addison, and Co., London, with repetition action, and which for touch and tone cannot be excelled, —its original price 45 guineas, and will be put-up for sale at four o'clock.

KITCHENS.—An eight-days' Clock in handsome mahogany case, large and small Dressers with drawers; Tables. Chairs, large Fender, Fire-irons, Hastener, Bottle Jack, Plate-warmer, mahogany and other Trays' Culinary Requisites, Kettles, brass and other Candlesticks; Coffee- mills, Dish-covers, Crockery in great variety, Tubs, Mugs, &c.—Also one large Water-butt, and one Water-tub.

Lytham, 28th January, 1854.