About the Baths

Ladywell Baths are Grade II listed, opened in 1884 and were designed by Wilson and Son & Thomas Aldwinkcle. You can read Historic England’s list entry here.

At the time newspapers reported that cleanliness was next to godliness as the baths were so close to the parish church. The building must have made an impact with its gothic arches, huge circular tower with turret, stained glass and decorative ironwork. Innovatively, to avoid paying the water company, the baths sunk a 270ft well yielding 8,000 gallons of water an hour.

A fountain in baths grounds was topped with the coping stones of ‘ye well of our ladye at Lewisham’ which gives its name to the area and which was said to have been credited with ‘healing virtues’. The baths have long since lost their turret and other decorative features and have lain empty for many years.

Pictures of Ladywell Baths can be found here. Plans of the building when new can be found here.

The Baths are one of the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings 2015 and are on Historic England’s at risk list.

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