The Wash Houses

Building code: CC

This East End landmark has undergone significant transformations since its original use as Whitechapel's public baths in the 1850s. The floor's stone outline still shows the original location of its sunken bath.

The historic building now houses the University's Special Collections, including the TUC Library Collections, the Frederick Parker Collection – a unique and outstanding educational resource spanning over 300 years of British furniture making and Archive of the Irish in Britain, among others.

Additionally, this contemporary event space with unique traditional features is also available as a venue to hire.

Located minutes from Aldgate and Algdate East tube stations, the Wash Houses on Old Castle Street are served by the Circle, Metropolitan, District, and Hammersmith & City lines. Mainline train stations Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street are a short walk away.

Entrance to The Wash Houses is through the Calcutta House building located on Old Castle Street.


25 Old Castle Street
E1 7NT

Wash Houses exterior windows and sign
Originally the Whitechapel Public Baths, this Victorian building is now an events space and home to the University's Special Collections including the Frederick Parker Collection.

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+44 (0)20 7423 0000

+44 (0)20 7320 3547

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