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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1376535



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County: Greater London Authority

District: Southwark

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 27-Jul-1993

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 470538

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TQ3276 ARTICHOKE PLACE 636-1/11/14 (North side) 27/07/93 Camberwell Public Baths


Public baths. Design in 1890; dated to 1891. By Henry Spalding and Alfred WS Cross. Red brick in Flemish bond with rubbed brick and terracotta and artificial stone dressings. Netherlandish Renaissance style. EXTERIOR: roof parapeted. Gable facing elevation of 5-window range, which contains offices and caretaker's room. Single-storey bath halls to rear. Elevation to Artichoke Place has 3-storey wings with 4-storey centre ranges; single-storey structure of 3-window range to right return. All openings are flat-arched, pair of main entrances in 2nd- and 4th-window ranges, each with overlight of decorative glazing forming the words "Public Baths"; to right another, less elaborate entrance. Main entrances set in Tuscan aedicule with dentil cornice and panelled parapet above. Broad storey band between ground and 1st floors. Architraves to all ground-floor openings of moulded and rubbed brick. All windows with projecting sills, each supported by projecting brackets. 2nd- and 4th-window ranges, 1st to 3rd floors, framed by Tuscan pilastrade on each floor; the pilasters ornamented with terracotta panels in a heart pattern. Sill bands to 1st- and 2nd-floor windows. Entablature floor band between 1st and 2nd floors and full entablature above the 2nd floor, the centre sections inscribed "Camberwell Public Baths"; frieze to side ranges has swags in rubbed brick with dentil cornice. Parapets above 1st- and 5th-window ranges curve up to meet higher central section; on 3rd floor same pilaster treatment as below but shorter; Dutch gable cresting above with shell in pediment; the cresting with a clock face. Stacks to right return wall and between 1st- and 2nd-, and 4th- and 5th-window ranges. INTERIOR: in lobby the pay box survives. The slipper baths have been removed, to be replaced by gym facilities. Behind entrance lobby is 1st-class bath, of 14 bays with viewing gallery to all sides and lit by skylight; roof truss formed from a pair of hammer beams from which spring an arched brace, each bay tied by a wrought-iron brace. Side aisles formed by orthostats supporting concrete beams. One segmental-arched window for each bay. The gallery front of iron, curved in

section with open filigree work. Plaque on front wall, between entrances: "Camberwell Public Baths and Wash Houses. These buildings were erected for the Parish of Camberwell in the year 1891. Commissioners, JT Sears, RT Bonsall, JT Ralph, R Strong JP LCC, GL Turney JP, M Wallace, George Marsden Clerk to the Vestry [of Camberwell Parish], Spalding and Cross Archtitects, Balaam Bros. Builders, C William Tagg Clerk of the Works". HISTORICAL NOTE: this is one of the earliest baths which involved the architect Alfred Cross who later became a leading expert on the design of public baths and the author of the standard work on the subject, "Public Baths and Wash-houses" of 1906. Spalding also specialised in the design of this building type. His earlier works in London, in Buckingham Palace Road and Finchley Road, both designed in partnership with Auld, do not survive. The Camberwell Baths and the Dulwich Baths on Goose Green are the earliest surviving works of Spalding partnerships.

Listing NGR: TQ3269776818

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National Grid Reference: TQ 32697 76818


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