Chadderton Art-Deco Swimming Bath & Sports Hall
Ojay/The Lone Ranger
The Art Nouveau Chadderton Baths was a public swimming facility opened in 1937 and closed indefinitely in 2006 after a structural survey found faults which could have put the public at risk
Henry Taylor, the British Olympic freestyle swimming triple gold medallist and champion was an attendant at Chadderton Baths where many of his awards were once displayed
Known to many as 'Chaddy Baths' it stands empty awaiting the wrecking ball, it's a lovely building but sadly left to rot by the fuckwits that have been Oldham Council over the last decade and beyond
This from the Oldham Chronicle Oldham News | News Headlines | Baths demolition moves step closer - Chronicle Online
Henry Taylor, 1885 to 1951
Since learning to swim in the canals near his home in Hollinwood, Henry Taylor went on to become Britain's most successful swimmer
Born in 1885 to James and Elizabeth Taylor (his father was a coal miner) he was orphaned at a very early age
He had an elder brother William (Bill) and a sister Catherine however records then were very sketchy
It wasn't until he swam his first race at Oldham Baths at the age of 7, any notice was taken, it was a two length event for school boys, which he won
His elder brother took on the task of training him for the various events, altogether he won 35 Trophies and 300 medals in his swimming lifetime
The Mile Swim was recognised as the 'prestige' swim and the holder of this record was known to be 'Champion Swimmer of England'. Henry Taylor won this race in 1906, 1907 and again in 1911
His first major swimming success was in 1906 when he won the World Record 880 yards
In 1906 he also took part in the Interim Olympic Games, and won 1500m, for which he was awarded the GOLD Medal and was awarded a Silver Cup, and came Second in the 400m, awarded the SILVER medal
Behind the facade
Chadderton Amateur Swimming Club
(And what looked to be some kind of old admin office)
Staircase leading to foyer which also leads onto the changing rooms and the pool itself
(Looking back down)
I was shat on by pigeons taking this shot, that's p00p right there on the lens!
Top Floor (Stripped)
Once office space/storage ?
Boiler House and associated plumbing/gubbins
Gents Changing Rooms
On with the pool, (30 yards) Hardly Olympic Sized
Chadderton Sports Centre, built onto the Baths, was closed and replaced by the Chadderton Wellbeing Centre in January 2010 (a multi-purpose facility) including a swimming pool, dance studio, library, gym, meeting rooms, and cafÃ©
An application to demolish the Baths and Sport Centre was made in March 2011, at present it's been left to decay awaiting it's fate
There really is piss all to see in here, I took these 2 pics before turning it in..
That's all Folks!