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.

It now houses the internationally recognised Frederick Parker Collection – a unique and outstanding educational resource spanning over 300 years of British furniture making.

The historic building is also home to some of the University's other Special Collections, including the TUC Library Collections and our Archive of the Irish in Britain.

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 St.

Location

25 Old Castle Street
London 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.

Contact detail

Switchboard:
+44 (0)20 7423 0000

Reception:
+44 (0)20 7320 3547

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