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



bubblehead

you lost the game
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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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Pitiful external shot but the only one i took today, i'm sure i've got a better one buried on the HD.

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The Engineer

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#8
Such a shame the state of it, was there with the council some 6 months ago. Very nice photo's......
 

virusman26

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#9
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
 

dweeb

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#10
Nice photos mate, I would like to see it in daylight at some point...

Was it a nice baths when it was open?
 

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