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Report - Swimming baths, Reddish, Stockport - October 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Indecisive Moment, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Indecisive Moment

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    The many recent reports from Victoria baths made me think about some of the more unfrequented abandoned beauties of a slightly similar calibre dotted around Greater Manchester, which led to my visit to Reddish/Stockport swimming baths.

    Like most of my explores, I got up one morning and made an impulsive decision to try and visit this place. I didn't know much about it other than the two reports I saw from here. I spoke to my non exploring friend who was keen to come along with me, even though he'd never done anything like this before. We checked it out in the morning but decided to come back the following morning as I had a prior engagement that day. That same evening I decided to go back by myself but climbing not being my strongest point I had to give up as it does require one other person to make it in :( Next morning I went along with my very nervous friend who told himself that if I (a girl) could do it then he could do it! and well done to him for growing a pair! We struggled a bit at first but then a clever little idea helped us to get over the spiky fence - oh how I love spiky fences :mad once inside I was greeted by a charming little place with lots of bright colours and still in a pretty good condition, apart from the peeling paint which definitely added to the charm and characteristics of the building. I really enjoyed my time here and spent just under 3 hours having a very relaxed explore and having to photograph my mate who decided to take his top off but I somehow think he won't appreciate that image appearing here :)

    I unfortunately didn't get a shot of the outside so here's one nicked from Google

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    HISTORY FROM PAST EXPLORERS

    This small but beautiful baths are part of a building which is a library and fire station, the fire station is now a day centre and only the baths have the original feature's. When first designed there were no less than 26 design's for the building the chosen architect's were Albert E Dixon and Charles H Potter and were open to the public in 1908 at the time most houses only had a tin bath so for a small fee to come to the bath's and have a hot soapy wash was quite a luxury. Unfortunately the baths closed in 2005 and it's fate is still uncertain due to the fact that it is a listed building. The friends of Reddish Baths have been negotiating with the Council to take it over. However, so far Stockport Council has declined their offer and has suggested that the friends of Reddish Baths make a bid for a new baths to be sited on Harcourt St field. The friends of Reddish Baths are considering this and may go ahead with a feasibility study or the proposal.


    FROM THE STOCKPORT COUNCIL PLANNING BRIEF


    The baths has an entrance to the left with an arched opening, a segmental canopy and date stones in terracotta. The gabled frontage and pool hall has four sets of paired windows with terracotta festoons between each set and a semi-circular lunette window above. The main pool and changing cubicles along the right hand side of the interior are thought to be original. The slipper baths at the front have gone and the original washroom has been altered. To the rear the toilets have been altered and a flat -roofed two storey flat was added probably in the 1930’s. A number of other service rooms and boiler rooms have been added to the outside of the building.


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    Hope you enjoyed looking through the images :)​
     

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