A plunge bath supposedly dating from the 17th Century, Roman Baths at Strand Lane is historically known to be Roman. However, no is completely sure whether the Roman Baths are truly Roman in their origin. The present day remains of the baths suggest that they are certainly Tudor. First suggestion indicating that Roman Baths could be Roman sprung from several Victorian writers who described the architecture as that belonging to the Roman era. Regardless of the purpose served by the baths, it was transformed into a bathing area by the year 1776. An ancillary shower area was added soon after, and this was claimed to be created by Earl of Essex, in the year 1588, during Queen Elizabeth's reign.