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Report - Victoria Baths, Manchester 07.06.09

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Gorecki, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Gorecki

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    I seen a report of the baths on here a few months ago and was blown away. Those who know me, know that I'm fascinated by old swimming pools and this one was no exception.
    THEN imagine my delight when I found out that once a month they open the baths for tours.

    So my boyfriend & I decided to make a trip out of this .. with the baths being 400 miles away. This was my frist time exploring down that way and can I just say I was blown away by how much abandonment we came across!
    I don't get these folk who say "Ugh I'm stuck, need somewhere to start, tell me what's in the area" ... just get out there, things are waiting for you! :D

    Anyway, the baths.
    Travel 400 miles and I still get bl00dy regognised.
    Oh you're the "Urban" girl.
    Ehh no.
    I've seen you on 28DL.
    Hmmm ok.... Most random whoever you were!

    The baths opened in 1906 and consisted of 3 pools:
    First class mens, second class mens and ladies.
    The baths closed in 1993 & the building is now in very poor repair and yet remarkably intact with most of the stained glass and original tiling remaining.
    Walking through the front doors I immediatley fell in love with the emerald green tiling.
    I was in heaven and a very happy girl :Not Worthy

    The exterior shot.

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    One of the many stained glass windows

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    Upstairs in the superintendants living quarters.
    HIs son and daughter both swam in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki!

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    The original doors from the living quarters

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    The Turkish Baths...
    This was where the mortuary scenes were filmed in "Life on Mars" !!

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    Peter couldn't resist ..

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