Stepney Municipal Baths

My attention has been called to the so-called ‘Moony Sipal’, the old Municipal Baths which were built before the war by the Stepney Borough engineer and converted in 1995 into the local centre for HIV.   I walk past it twice a day on the way to the underground station and have never stopped to examine what Pevsner (or Bridget Cherry) describes as ‘a likeable, hygienic faience façade, with central recessed bay and loggia at first floor behind a balustrade’.   Not a particularly distinguished building perhaps, but a relic of a pre-war era of civic improvement in the old east end, when you could buy a bar of soap for 1d. and have a bath for 6d:





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