Public Baths - 02

Public Baths - 02

Designed by Oliver Caldwell 1887; Around 1930, the baths were closed; the front was demolished and a new building erected as the Cafe Marina, with a dance hall; in 1935 there was a fire, and the building had to be demolished completely.
Photograph 1915.
Also seen - the railing to the Public Grounds, the Alexandra Memorial lamp and drinking fountain. One horse and trap, two cars
(one parked on the promenade).
Beachfield Private Hotel; Proprietress Mrs Rolleston; sanitation perfect, baths handc; Electric light throughout; Gas fires in bedrooms; Bathing from House. Convenient for Golfers.; Phone 67; Terms Moderate.
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This photograph also appears in the 1917 guide. Turning the page, there is an advertisement for the Wardour Pension, an entirely different building; as a Pension it was an attempt to be a Continental Boarding House, Wardour Pension was described as being on the Esplanade commanding unexcelled views of Mount s Bay. Described as having a full south aspect; Proprietress Mrs G Oats. The only position for this would appear to be the building next to the Beachfield Hotel (now The Carlton). I will check through the 1914 Kelly s.
Don t forget Riviera Hotel, which was what is now part of Beachfield, acording to welb1931 the other day.

Quote: The Riveria Hotel was at one time the middle building

23rd July Picture of Beachfield from the Prom
Ah yes, of course; that makes sense. It was just that there was a discussion a while ago about a Wardour Hotel being here, this is the first time that I have found any reference at all to a Wardour. Unfortunately the map of Penzance in the book only locates hotels.
Bit of useless information, the Beachfield telephone number is 362067, the number 67 has not changed.
Not at all useless - a vital clue - I was forgetting that fact, numbers were extended leftwards . Same thing happens all over.
What a wonderful image, I've not seen the Beachfield with the baths in context like this. Those seafront buildings must have had some beatings from the sea!

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