Lilly Lane Baths

Lilly Lane Baths

Aka Halifax Baths & Pleasure Grounds and Greece Fields Public Baths, Halifax.

Extensive facilities developed by Thomas Rawlinson at Coldwell Ings near the Hebble Brook at Lilly Lane. He had acquired a 99-year lease on the land from the Waterhouse Charities in 1784. They opened in 1793 on the east side of Hebble Brook.They were the only local public baths at the time. 

The facilities were said to be the finest and most extensive suite of baths in Yorkshire, including bowling greens, quoits area, shrubberies and landscaped gardens with some of Leyland sculpture, dining room, shower baths, swimming baths, medicated and sulphur baths, and hot, cold and tepid baths. A membership fee was charged for the use of the facilities. The baths were supplied by fresh-water springs which rose in Greece Fields. The privately-owned baths, which were built of red brick, closed in 1853 and were sold to make way for the railway. 

Albion Mills stand on a part of the site of the baths.

John Wilson Anderson was Keeper of the Baths [1845]. His artistic talents were used to lay out the grounds at the baths, and some of Joseph Leyland's sculpture was displayed in the ground.

Bronwell Bronte visited the baths.

from Malcolm Bull's website