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Bathing Houses and Plunge Pools

by Vivien Rolf

Part of the Shire Library Series

Bathing Houses and Plunge Pools Synopsis

In the eighteenth century the grounds of most large country estates boasted a bathing house or plunge pool. Built in all shapes and sizes, sometimes just for one person and occasionally for large groups, their design often reflected the classical style of their era. In addition to supposed health benefits, they provided an escape from the constraints and formality of life, and became a destination for walks, drives and alfresco entertainment. Mid-century, doctors began to promote salt-water bathing and a new generation of coastal bathing houses grew up. From several hundred bathing houses and plunge pools still in existence, often in remote corners of beautiful landscapes, this book presents examples that reflect the diversity of the ideas and fashions which inspired them.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747808091
Publication date: 18th April 2011
Author: Vivien Rolf
Publisher: Shire Publications an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 64 pages
Categories: Residential buildings, domestic buildings,

About Vivien Rolf

Vivien Rolf holds a Master of Arts degree in Eighteenth Century Studies, and has a special interest in the English landscape garden and its buildings. She lives in near Fareham, Hampsire.

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