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Leather Lane Baths
London libertines of both sexes make their way to the baths in Leather Lane to "take the cure".
The Bath house is in essence a large steam-filled room. At it's centre a huge fire pit sits where up to a dozen kettles at a time might be boiled, the fires smoke wafts out through a opening in the room. Set out in a circular fashion around the fire pit are a great many copper baths, close enough together that conversations might be carried out by their occupants. And very occupied it is, open from 12 to 7pm daily, the Bath house does a roaring trade - Maids rush about refilling tubs as they cool, bringing towels, moving screens for those that desire privacy.
Following a half hour sweating, a dose of mercury completes the treatment, the fee: tuppence ha'penny.