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Stage 6
The Furnaces

Stage 6
The Furnaces

The baths at Jewry Wall had three furnaces, which meant that the baths could still run two furnaces when the slaves were cleaning out the third.

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Hot air from the furnace moved under the baths, through cellars known as a hypocaust, a forerunner of modern central heating. Hot, warm and cold water was provided for the different rooms in the baths:

  • Caldarium ( a large hot bath house)
  • Tepidarium ( a smaller warm bath house)
  • Frigidarium ( the cold baths)

The hot furnaces burnt wood to heat the baths complex and the water used by visitors. The fuel would have been chopped and collected from woodlands outside the city.

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Stage 7 - Aqueduct & Water Reservoir