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Report - Leisure Centre, Willenhall - July 2011

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Caterix, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Caterix

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    Willenhall leisure centre consists of 2 main buildings. The older part is home to the old swimming pool which had a wooden floor that could be placed over it to turn it into a dance hall, theatre and later a badminton or tennis court. There is also the newer part, which houses the new swimming pool.

    History

    Behind the Town Hall was the Public Baths, erected at a cost of £25,000 in 1938/39. The foundation stone was laid by Mr. W. Johnson, Chairman of the Public Baths Committee on 24th September, 1938. The building was opened on 15th April, 1939 by Councillor J. A. Parkes, J.P. Chairman of the council.
    The building contains a 75ft. long by 36ft. wide swimming pool, varying in depth from 7ft. 6inches to 3ft. 6 inches, and holding 80,000 gallons of water. There was a slipper baths, and also a spring-maple floor which could be placed over the swimming pool to convert the building into an assembly hall. In the winter months it was used for dances and variety shows, and throughout the year exhibitions and demonstrations were held there.

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    The assembly hall seated 800 people on the ground floor, and 150 on the balcony, and had a fully equipped stage for theatrical events. The building, which later became Willenhall Leisure Centre, closed on 27th August, 2010.

    Taken from http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/articles/Willenhall/LocalGovernment.htm



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    Thanks for looking! Plenty more pictures available on my flickr.
     
    #1 Caterix, Jul 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011

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