The Poor Bath, also known as The Charity Bath, was first built by Cornelius White in 1695 and was fed by the second-hand water drained from the gentlemen’s baths. The bath was later relocated to adjoin the ladies baths before being demolished and rebuilt, along with several other baths, in a new complex designed by architect Henry Currey in 1851. The new building was located in the yard next to St. Anne’s Hotel and contained both gentlemen’s and ladies private baths (two apiece), and separate public and charity baths for each sex.
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“There was a gentleman’s 1st class pool which was the one where all the gubbins for Buxton Water is now situated and that was reasonably light because it had the big semi circular windows which looked onto the slopes. But, there was a horrible gentlemen’s 2nd class bath which was really dark and gloomy. I remember having to go in there once, I think it was when we were at school, and we went swimming there and the ladies pool was closed so we had to go in there and it was horrible, dank, and nasty in there.”