Buxton Crescent Hotel and Spa Baths, UK

Buxton Crescent Mineral Spa Baths

A Georgian hotel and spa bath facility that closed a while ago. The development is now undergoing renovation.

Visited January 2015  UK UK Closed

History of the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Spa Baths

The Grade I listed Buxton Crescent is a large complex incorporating spa baths with mineral water provided from a natural spring. The Crescent faces the site of St Ann’s Well, where warm spring water has flowed for thousands of years. The Georgian hotel was built in 1870 to turn the town of Buxton into a fashionable destination for UK travellers at the time.

Watercolour painting of Buxton Crescent attributed to W. Cowen, c. 1850 and a recent photo showing the buildings detail
Watercolour painting of Buxton Crescent attributed to W. Cowen, c. 1850 and a recent photo showing the buildings detail

High repair costs forced the closure of the hotel and bathing facilities in the 1990s. Various projects to renovate the building have started and failed for one reason or another. Work commenced once again in 2015 and hopefully the beautiful building can be restored to its former glory.

The baths will be retained as part of the renovation, and the ornate assembly room will be fully restored.

The assembly room

Buxton Crescent - The grand assembly room
Buxton Crescent – The grand assembly room
Buxton Crescent - Columns and doors in the assembly room
Buxton Crescent – Columns and doors in the assembly room
Buxton Crescent - Assembly room
Buxton Crescent – Assembly room
Buxton Crescent - Tall windows
Buxton Crescent – Tall windows
 
Buxton Crescent - Columns
Buxton Crescent – Columns
Buxton Crescent - Looking up the columns to the ornate ceiling
Buxton Crescent – Looking up the columns to the ornate ceiling

 

Other areas of the Crescent

Buxton Crescent - Arched windows and ornate décor
Buxton Crescent – Arched windows and ornate décor
Buxton Crescent - One of the few remaining nice rooms
Buxton Crescent – One of the few remaining nice rooms
Buxton Crescent - Old paintings
Buxton Crescent – Old paintings
 
Buxton Crescent - Covered staircase
Buxton Crescent – Covered staircase
Buxton Crescent - Room with lots of arches
Buxton Crescent – Room with lots of arches

 

Mineral Spa Baths

Buxton Crescent - Entrance to the spa baths
Buxton Crescent – Entrance to the spa baths
Buxton Crescent - Spa reception
Buxton Crescent – Spa reception
 
Buxton Crescent - Square glass dome
Buxton Crescent – Square glass dome
Buxton Crescent - Mineral bathing pool
Buxton Crescent – Mineral bathing pool
Buxton Crescent - Spa bath
Buxton Crescent – Spa bath
 
Buxton Crescent - In the pool
Buxton Crescent – In the pool
Buxton Crescent - Original tiling in corridor to changing areas
Buxton Crescent – Original tiling in corridor to changing areas
Buxton Crescent - Corridor
Buxton Crescent – Corridor
 
Buxton Crescent - Changing area
Buxton Crescent – Changing area
Buxton Crescent - Original structure of the changing rooms
Buxton Crescent – Original structure of the changing rooms
Buxton Crescent - One of the private plunge pool
Buxton Crescent – One of the private plunge pool
 
Buxton Crescent - Strange chair
Buxton Crescent – Strange chair
Buxton Crescent - I have no idea what this strange contraption was used for
Buxton Crescent – I have no idea what this strange contraption was used for
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