Kendal – Shearman House

 
Location Kendal
Grid Ref SD 514926

 
Allhallows Lane, LA9 4JH. Tel 01539 815710

 

Kendal - Shearman House

 

Opened in 1864, Shearman House was erected by local philanthropists as a public wash-house and baths. Designed by Miles Thompson, the wash-house had facilities for 22 washerwomen and included clothes-horses on rail tracks and two pioneer spin-dryers. It was intended to alleviate the discomforts of washday for working families living in damp and ill-ventilated cottages, There were eight large porcelain baths, the lowest charge for a warm bath being two young women together at threepence each.
 
The chimney is 70 feet (21.3m) high.
 
Aftr being the baths, it became council offices, and is now a Wetherspoon’s public house – allegedly the first non smoking pub in England.

 

Kendal - Shearman House

 

Kendal - Shearman House

 

Kendal - Shearman House

 

Photos by Matthew Emmott.

 

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