Alfred Cross

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Alfred William Stephens Cross (1858–1932)[1] was a British architect.

From 1889 to 1899 he was in partnership with Henry Spalding as Spalding and Cross, taking part in many competitions for building design. Cross and his son (Kenneth Mervyn Baskerville Cross, 1890–1968) became specialised in designs for public baths.


Photo taken in 1896 of Dulwich Public Baths (now Dulwich Leisure Centre).
Illustration from Public Baths and Wash Houses (1906) showing the ideal laundry layout in a public wash house.
Public Baths
Other works


  • Cross, Alfred W S, History of architecture, I.C.S. reference library, London, International Correspondence Schools, OCLC 7067813 
  • Cross, Alfred William Stephens (1906), Public baths and wash-houses: a treatise on their planning, design, arrangement, and fitting, having special regard to the acts arranging for their provision, with chapters on Turkish, Russian, and other special baths, public laundries, engineering, heating, water supply, etc, Batsford 
  • Cross, Alfred W S (1910), The crowning quality of architecture, Cooper, Wettern & Co., OCLC 80997438 
  • Cross, Alfred W S; Cross, Kenneth M B (1930), Modern public baths and wash-houses : [illust.], London, OCLC 220978759 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coventry Baths were damaged during the blitz of 1940 and demolished in 1966. The only remaining evidence of the building can be found in the car park opposite the current Coventry Central Baths on Fairfax Street (opened in 1966), which has a small brick block which housed the filtration tanks (Gordon & Inglis 2009, p. 240).
  2. ^ Additions included 8 slipper baths, 16 Lassar Baths (showers) with changing cubicles and a boiler house.


  1. ^ a b c Gray, Alexander Stuart; Breach, Jean; Breach, Nicholas (1986), Edwardian architecture: a biographical dictionary, University of Iowa Press, p. 157, ISBN 978-0-87745-136-5 
  2. ^ Gordon & Inglis 2009, p. 86
  3. ^ a b c d Standing Conference for Local History (1994), The Local historian, Volumes 24-25, National Council of Social Service., p. 148 
  4. ^ Gordon & Inglis 2009, p. 126
  5. ^ Hibbert, Christopher; Weinreb, Ben (2008), The London encyclopaedia (3 ed.), Pan Macmillan, p. 531, ISBN 978-1-4050-4924-5 
  6. ^ a b Bird, Polly (1993), Making a splash: the history of Dulwich baths, Spencer Mills, p. 11, ISBN 978-0-9521637-0-1 
  7. ^ Cross & Cross 1930, p. 28 (fig.8)
  8. ^ Schofield, Jonathan (2009), Manchester: then and now, Anova Books, p. 55, ISBN 978-1-906388-36-2 
  9. ^ "Bristol Merchant Venturers' School". The Times. 27 July 1885. p. 7. 


  • Gordon, Ian; Inglis, Simon (2009), Great Lengths: The historic indoor swimming pools of Britain, English Heritage, ISBN 978-1-905624-52-2