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Cold Water Plunge Bath

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For the poor it was difficult to keep clean, for the rich there was a better understanding of hygiene than in previous times. Hot bathes were easier if there were servants to help prepare them and in some houses the idea of a cold bath also became popular. John Pinney, the one time owner of this bath, used a Cold Bath Plunge Pool well into middle age. Whilst an apprentice in London he wrote in October 1760: "I now subscribe to a cold bath and goes in every morning which I finds to be of great service to me." Unlike our modern baths, the plunge bath is very deep and has steps leading into it.

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10th Apr 2009 by Diane Earl

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History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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bath hygiene Georgian

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