Sake Dean Mahomed (1759-1851) grew up in India. He served in the English East India Company Bengal Army as a trainee surgeon. At age 25 he immigrated to Ireland in 1786, where he wrote and published his book, entitled ‘The Travels of Dean Mahomet’. He became the first Indian to write a book in English.
Sake Dean Mahomed moved to London, where he opened the first Indian take away restaurant in England – the Hindustani Coffee House. Then, in 1814 Dean and Jane, his Irish wife, moved to Brighton and opened the first shampooing vapour masseur bath in England. He described the treatment in a local paper as ‘The Indian Medicated Vapour Bath (type of Turkish bath), a cure to many diseases and giving full relief when every thing fails; particularly Rheumatic and paralytic, gout, stiff joints, old sprains, lame less, aches and pains in the joints’.
So successful was his treatment that Hospitals refered patients to Sake Dean Mahomed. Both King George IV and William IV appointed him as their shampooing surgeon in Brighton.
Mahomed’s Bath stood on the site now occupied by the Queen’s Hotel, Brighton.