The Bath House is built this year by John Thompson. It is closely associated with the adjacent Salt Works. Salt water is pumped to the bath house boiler by a wind pump via an overhead wooden channel. Hot, saltwater baths, with their supposed therapeutic benefits, become a popular tourist attraction and help the Salt Works to remain viable through the early years of the 19th century when demand for Southwold sea salt declines under pressure from recently exploited rock salt deposits.
Robert & Mary Wright are 'Bath Keepers' from about 1820.
Although commercial salt production ceases with the winding up of the company the bathouse continues operating for a further few years.
With acknowledgment to Rosemary Wiliamson's booklet 'The Saga of Southwold Salt Makers' on sale from Southwold Museum.