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Report - Elvet Baths - Durham - August 2014

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Will Knot, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore.....

    Visited with Acid and a Non Member, this was an early start to the day and was the third explore of the day on our mini tour of the North East region.

    Enjoyed this one.....a big thanks fellas for the day :thumb

    A Bit of History......

    The Baths were officially opened on 28th September 1932 at a cost of £31,519, replacing a peat-floored pool. The old pool had brown water due to the peat. Forty times national champion and Olympic swimmer J.G. Hatfield gave a display at the opening.

    Separate entrances were provided for men and women, with a ticket office between. The larger pool measured 75ft by 30ft, big enough to be accepted by the Amateur Swimming Association for competitive meetings. The hall was enhanced with plaster decoration of bulrushes and water lilies on the arch-ribbed roof. The balcony was supported by a pair of sandstone columns in the form of lotus buds, at either end of the pool. Wrought iron railings around the balcony contained seahorse, dolphin and waterspout designs. A large window at the south end of the hall was decorated with water plants and goldfish in coloured glass, under the badge of the City (you can still see the badge, though the lower part of window is now gone).

    The pool was closed in 2008. It is not a listed building and was due to be demolished and replaced with homes, offices and a restaurant at Elvet Waterside, but this fell through due to the recession.

    On with the pics :)

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    I hope you enjoyed the report........I Will Knot :cool
     
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  2. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    tell you what mate, thats bloody good.
    Even Mrs The Wombat nosing over my shoulder said, wow, whats that
     
  3. Lenston

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    Bit special that mate, some nice images there :thumb
     
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    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Great set will, :thumb hope you took your boots off near the old pool.
     
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    Great to see this place open again,might have to pay visit for old times sake
     
  6. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Big thanks there to Mr & Mrs Wombat.........cheers :thumb
     
  7. Will Knot

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    Cheers boys.......
     
  8. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Well thank you sir, see you have been busy.........will have to catch up next time I'm in the area ;)
     
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    Great report mate thanks for sharing :) looks like graff central in there
     
  10. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones Will :thumb very nice

    Glad to see you got the Boots shot ok :)

    Mine won't be done for months I till I learn how to clone you & the Masked Marauder out of my images :rolleyes:

    Was a nice mooch this one with good lads good light and unique tribute to The Great Escape :D
     
  11. Camera Shy

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    Nice snaps there mate
     
  12. The Stig

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    Good stuff there fella, did you get any pictures of the smaller pool in the next room??
     
  13. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    decent!! nice pics!
     
  14. Urban Legend

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    Fantastic report:thumb
    Sadly these type of pools are a dying breed, councils closing them down due to lack of funding etc. In my area 4 have gone in the last 10 years
     
  15. 1nk4

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    that grafitti skull is amazing! - nice pics all round!
     
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