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Report - Haslingden baths , haslingden, lancs july 2015(permission visit)

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Lancashire lad, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Lancashire lad

    Lancashire lad chief taster for costa coffee
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    HISTORY
    It took Haslingden community group a year to make their case to Rossendale council to reopen the pool. But as outlined in the 1936 souvenir programme for its opening ceremony, the original campaign to establish a public baths in Haslingden proved even more difficult - taking nearly 30 years.
    The suggestion of building a pool was first put to the Health and Sanitary Committee of Haslingden Borough Council in November 1908.
    Nearly ten years later, the Young Men’s Class of the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Sunday School made an emphatic plea to the council to build a public baths to celebrate and commemorate the end of the First World War.
    Talks continued for the next decade, but no real progress was made until 1932, when Mayor W.H. Baxter said in his inaugural speech that he hoped the swimming pool scheme would soon “engage the serious attention of the council.”
    A sub-committee was formed the following year, and building was completed three years later.
    Haslingden Baths was officially opened on August 22, 1936, when Mayor William Thacker unlocked the front door with a special commemorative key.
    The Mayoress then cut a ribbon at the inner entrance of the baths, before guests went in to view the facilities.
    At the poolside, the Mayor declared Haslingden Baths open to the public, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled.
    The ceremony was followed by tea at the former Central Council School, now Haslingden Primary School, with a swimming gala held in the evening.
    At the time, the new facilities were state-of-the-art. The programme from the opening boasts of a modern filtration system at the height of 1930s technology, which automatically replaced the pool’s contents every four hours to ensure the water was of “absolute purity”.
    The original floor plans show the building was also fitted with showers, a laundry facility for washing and drying swimsuits, and over 130 changing cubicles.
    Aside from catering to swimmers, the baths also originally had eight slipper baths in private cubicles, for the use of local people without a bath in their homes.

    REPORT
    So the baths is set to re open after being shut for two years , so as we were in the area we thought wed drop in and see whats what before its made all nice n shiny .
    so got there and instantly got permission to have a butchers couldn't stay long as the guy wanted to get home for his tea.
    Although its been shut so long its in remarkably good condition , the sauna had tons of mould after its been left damp in a warm climate didn't fancy breathing spores so left it alone,a nice little building art deco in style and a little gem of an explore.

    piks...... DSC_1886.JPG DSC_1842.JPG DSC_1845.JPG DSC_1849.JPG DSC_1850.JPG DSC_1856.JPG DSC_1860.JPG DSC_1874.JPG DSC_1870.JPG DSC_1877.JPG DSC_1883.JPG DSC_1872.JPG DSC_1864.JPG
     

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  2. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    nice report, liked looking through those:thumb
     
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  3. WildBoyz

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    Great set of shots. Interesting little report. It looks like quite a compact pool.
     
  4. Lancashire lad

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    YEH ONLY A LITTLE ONE PAL TYPICAL ART DECO STYLE ROOF ,NICE LITTLE MOOCH
     
  5. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Looks pretty nice....great report and pics :D
    Thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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  6. Coolboyslim

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    Very nice little place. And some nice pics. Definitely an interesting one thx m8ty
     
  7. Lancashire lad

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    cheers lad probably wont be many more posts on this as its very close to re opening just caught it in time before they cleaned it up lol
     
  8. GRONK

    GRONK 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one mate, It looks in pretty good condition.

    Loving picture 3. :)
     
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  9. Lancashire lad

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    cheers pal
     
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