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Report - Stirchley swimming baths, Birmingham - 11/7/09

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by bubblehead, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. bubblehead

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    With the missus getting up early to take her sister to the airport i thought it would be a good time to get down to the baths to finally take a look for myself. Been a long time coming since the coucil let us have a quick poke in the door just to wet our appitites. This place holds some memories for me as i used to swim here as a child so it was good to have a decent look again.

    The baths opened in 1911 by King's Norton and Northfield district council along with the bournbrook baths, where i learnt to swim. They contained a rather unique feature in their day that they used aerated and filtered water from the mains supply rather than an on-site well.

    It's such a shame that this place, grade2 listed, has been left to get so bad. A fire in the wood panelled reception are some years ago did a fair bit of damage. Having spoken to a member of the council on its day last year i was told they had pretty much pushed the responsibilty of it's upkeep to the Bourville Village Trust, who in turn haven't done much seeing as the council still owned.

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    very nice mate. Captured it well!
     
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    :thumb great shots mate! the swimming baths on beverley road in hull is very similar inside, although still open. i love the open roof structure on these old baths. thanks......... bug
     
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    Nice one fella, must keep an eye out for this place! :rolleyes:
     
  5. Speed

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    nice, one for the list.
     
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    tourist :tumbleweed ;)
     
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    Such a shame the state of it, was there with the council some 6 months ago. Very nice photo's......
     
  9. virusman26

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    Nice one. I'm well into seeing this place, as it's 5 minutes from my front door. Have had a few walks around it, but never really spotted any un-obvious ways in.
    Top shots from inside, it looks superb!
    The place is being fought over at the moment by a few supermarket owners. The land to the rear of the baths is going to be used for a new supermarket and the facade should be saved.
    Then again, Sainsbury's said that about the Battery and Metal Co.:crazy
     
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    Nice photos mate, I would like to see it in daylight at some point...

    Was it a nice baths when it was open?
     
  11. Emma2121

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    This is where I learned to swim as I lived around the corner. Loved looking at these pics, some great shots. :thumb
     
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