People started flocking to Droitwich in the 19th century to seek relief from ailments such as arthritis and eczema. They believed that bathing in brine was good for your health – and the town had an abundance of brine.

John Corbett, who had amassed a fortune through salt production locally, saw the potential to transform Droitwich from dirty salt-making town into elegant spa resort. He bought the existing Royal Brine Baths and in 1888 built St Andrew’s Brine Baths, which became extremely popular.

Corbett also built hotels and a railway station for the visitors. The Royal closed in the 1930s and the St Andrew’s in 1975.