Get your free copy of the book

Get your free copy of the book from the Old Fire Station. Monday to Friday 9.30-5.30pm, ,84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT

Or from Ironmonger Row Baths (1 Norman Street EC1V 3AA) .

Opening times

Mon - Fri 6:30am - 9:30pm
Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sun 9:00am - 6:00pm

Photo by Harold Corney

Launch of Plunging into History

A picture from the launch on the 17th of November at Ironmonger Road Baths.

In the picture:

Mark Christodoulou

Gill Macquaire

Catherine O'Byrne

Ruth Corney

Emily Thornberry MP

Ruth Robinson

Launch of Plunging into History

The launch of Plunging into History, on Saturday 17 November, went extremely well. Lots of people attended the newly refurbished Ironmonger Road Baths (1 Norman Street, EC1V 3AA).

Visitors at the launch commented:

"It's valuable to celebrate ordinary people in the community."

"It helps to maintain treasured memories of the area."

There will be a long term exhibition of photographs by Ruth Corney and others at the Baths where you can pick up your free copy of the Plunging into History book we have produced (while stocks last) .

Artwork by Moreland Primary School

Click to see artwork made by by Fir Class, Year 4, 2012, at Moreland Primary School as part of the project.

Ironmonger Row is being unwrapped!

Anyone who's walked past Ironmonger Row Baths in the last few days will notice that the scaffolding outside of the building has been taken down. Celeste, who works at Sherry, sent us this great photo of the covering being removed today (24 Feb 2012). Their offices are opposite the building.

It is wonderful to see the familiar red brick exterior once again and we are now very excited about the reopening later this year and can't wait to see inside the baths and launch Plunging into History. We're sure that the many loyal users of the baths will also be really looking forward to it.  


The Story of the Victorian Turkish Bath - 'Sweltering Since 1938: Ironmonger Row and the Victorian Turkish Bath'

Friday 17th June, 4.30 pm at The Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton Street, N7

Malcolm Shifrin is an authority on the fascinating history of the Victorian Turkish bath and author of the world’s only website on the subject ( His copiously illustrated talk will begin with a general history of the Victorian Turkish bath and then move on to some specifics of Ironmonger Row Baths, one of the very few remaining in London.

Malcolm’s journey of Turkish bath discovery began in 1990, when he happened to notice the initials CB on a stained glass door panel in a health club, which had once been a Turkish bath. This was his introduction to the strange world of Charles Bartholomew who (falsely) claimed to have built the first modern Turkish bath in England. Finding that no one else had made a study of the Victorian Turkish bath, he determined that this was how he would spend his retirement. Join us on 17th June to learn more!



Kit Poulson at Islington Council Town Hall

Kit Poulson was an artist in residence at Islington Town Hall during last year's Islington Exhibits. He produced a short A-Z film of Islington History and curiosity much of which relates to the South of the borough around Ironmonger Row Baths. It's fascinating stuff!

Visit the Islington Exhibits website to watch the film and read the accompanying notes.







Sock Mob Tours of Old Street

Join the Sock Mob for a tour of some favourite haunts and unseen hideaways through the eyes of the London's homeless people. Plunging into History volunteers went on the Shoreditch tour and gleaned insights about the area that no history book could have provided.

Check out their website here.



Meet Polly Rodgers, Assistant Project Leader on Plunging into History.

Learn more about the project, see some of our archive of photos and find out how you can get involved!

For more information about First Fridays and First Saturdays see the Rowan Arts website.




Ironmonger Row Baths in the Islington Tribune

"Mystery of 14th century Penn tile unearthed during Ironmonger baths restoration"

Read all about it here.