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Baths and Wash-houses for the Labouring Classes

Source: The Illustrated London News, August 12, 1848

On Wednesday a meeting of the subscribers and supporters of the above institution, founded for the benefit of the labouring classes in the north-west districts of the metropolis, was held in the committee-room of the institution, George-street, Euston-square; T. Harris, Esq., in the chair. The report congratulated the subscribers on the results which had attended the operations of the society, since its formation in August, 1846. During the last month, ending the 6th instant, the number of bathers had been 16,143; and 16,196 poor women have washed, dried, ironed, and mangled the clothes of themselves and families—representing on an average near 300,000 cases annually deriving the benefit of the institution, the total number who have participated in its benefits since its foundation, up to the 2nd instant, being 227,717 bathers; and washers, &c., 79,786. The present-building being totally inadequate for its purposes, hundreds are daily turned away for want of accommodation. The institution itself has been self-supporting since its establishment. The subscription towards its extension ranks amongst its members her Majesty and Prince Albert, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a number of highly distinguished individuals.