Author and historian Simon Inglis will speak at a conference on Hadrian 1900 organized by the Friends of Carlisle Victorian and Turkish Baths.
The lecture at the Stanwix Community Center on Friday July 15, close to the site of what is believed to have been the largest Roman bath in the North West of England, is the second in a series of lectures that the campaign group organizes throughout the year. celebration of the Roman wall.
Elsa Price and Lynda Hepburn from Friends will lead the talk, exploring the history of bathing in Carlisle from Roman times, through the Victorian era and the creation of bathhouses, to the renaissance of swimming in outdoor and health research and benefits of cold water immersion on well-being.
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Ms Hepburn said: ‘We have a joke in the band that Carlisle is the home of the Bathhouse. But considering that the town had not one but two large Roman bathhouses and has one of only twelve original Victorian Turkish baths still in use, the “bathhouse house” is actually not not too far from the truth!
“Simon Inglis is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the history of bathhouses and we are delighted to have him join us in celebrating 2000 years of bathhouses in the great border town. We just hope that with Simon’s help we can stop the Turkish Baths in Carlisle from following the same path as the Roman Baths”.
Simon Inglis isn’t the only big name to join Friends’ Hadrian 1900 events. Emperor Hadrian himself recently visited the Turkish Baths to brave the freezing waters of the plunge pool and rest in the opulent frigidarium.
Hadrian’s Wall, named after the emperor himself, represents the frontier of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent in the 2nd century AD.
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The 150-mile Hadrian’s Wall Border Zone stretches from the western Roman coastal defenses at Ravenglass, through Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway, along Hadrian’s Wall through Carlisle and Hexham to Newcastle, Wallsend and South Shields.
Along the wall there were about 80 castles and 160 turrets, a moat to the north and the great defensive earthwork of the vallum to the south.