Amazing places. Derelict Mancunian swimming pool content.
Posted 4 years ago
Also now closed ,slightly less grand but built around the same time.Me,my sister and brother all learned to swim here in the late 60s early 70s.A generation before , my war widowed gran used to walk up from her Collyhurst slum(no bath) once a week with her three kids(one disabled) to use the bath house for bathing rather than swimming.They were only allowed three inches of hot water in the tub for the whole family!Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Nick, I learned to swim at Harpurhey Baths too – lived about 5 minutes walk away on Lewis Ave.
Very happy memories of that place – as kids we were in there all the time during the holidays.
Was taught to swim by a Mr Evert, a lovely bloke.
Always preferred the green pool with the big stone steps, off to the right as you walked in – it was warmer in the winter and I liked the slightly delapidated air of the place, with plants growing out of the roof 😀
My mum (Collyhurst too!) used the wash house at the back for years until we got a proper washing machine.
I’d love to have a look round again.
Very jealous Harry, working all weekend sadly so missed out this year.Posted 4 years ago
Awesome, reminds of Cambridge road baths in Huddersfield. I used to go for a sauna/swim there back in the early 90’s as a wee 13yr/teen.
I still vivdly remember the place- very similar to the top pic (and the huge Victorian Baths that were still in use then to bathe in).
It was all knocked down though due to ‘costs and maintanence’. I’m sure it was a bloody listed building and the council decided to keep the decrepit 60’s concrete sports centre instead.
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Yeah, they are building a new sports centre on the cark park behind the fire station, Tescos are having the building the sports centre is now in (might be/probably demolishing it, not sure), moving out of the hideous building they are in now. not sure who’s having that.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
When I saw the pictures of the main swimming pool at Victoria baths, I thought I recognised it from going swimming there as a kid (5 years old), then the pictures of Harpurhey made me think maybe it was there. So I looked at the map to work out which was closest to Failsworth and realised it was Broadway baths. Which aren’t as old or grand, but look close enough inside to confuse my childhood memories.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
If you stay at the Gellert Hotel in Budapest you can actually swim and sauna in baths very similar to that, right behind the hotel.
Ace aren’t they! Although we stayed in the Wombat and just wen’t there to soak away our hangovers, the sauna is biblicly hot (and the plunge pool had ice floating in it).Posted 4 years ago
We went to Victoria Baths yesterday as part of the national Heritage Weekend event where all sorts of places are opened to the public. The original plan was to go up Peel Tower, but getting a 3 year old to walk up Holcombe Hill in a typhoon would have proved tricky.
Anyway… back to Victoria Baths. If you like buildings, architecture and even a bit of social history (1st class men had a separate and far more opulent entrance to 2nd class men, assorted dirty poor people and grubby women) you should take the opportunity to visit. The place was dubbed “Manchester’s Water Palace” when it opened in 1906 and you can see why.
Did anyone else go to a Heritage Weekend event?Posted 4 years agoizakimakMember
Victoria baths is a stunning building, i had a look round last year whilst supping some quality beer at the indyman beer convention and will be doing the same again this year. Some of the money from the beer con goes towards the restoration fund so its worth going to for the ale and the buildings future.Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
That’s gorgeous! Clydebank had some lovely public baths too:Posted 4 years ago
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