The road from Belgrave Road to the Esplanade was named Bath Road. The reason for this was as a result of the common belief in Victorian times that salt water was a cure for everything from bruises to hysteria. A ‘bathhouse’ had been constructed at the western end of the esplanade for patrons of the Ventnor Hotel (also known as Fishers Hotel after its first Manager, John Fisher). After a dip in the sea, patrons would enjoy a hot bath. The bathhouse remains to this day and is now ‘The Spyglass’. Guests would travel down the steep hill from the Hotel to the Bath House and so it became known as Bath Road.
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