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Report - Victoria Baths, Manchester - June 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Yorrick, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks to MSP for arranging this. It was well worth the drive and the tenner.

    Visited with MSP, Zero81, Telf1980 and a non-member. Nice meeting you all.

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    Males first class / Gala pool
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    Females pool

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    The males wash bath - now a cafe.

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    Turkish bath suite
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    This is the rest room or cooling room of the Turkish bath suite.
    It is kept at normal temperatures so that you can cool down at the end of your session before getting dressed and going outside.

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    Workshop where they make replacement stained glass

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    The Aeratone
    In 1952 an area that used to be a waiting room for female users of the baths (presumably some women and girls needed to be escorted home)
    was converted to provide a new facility – The Aeratone.
    It was the first in a public baths in England.

    The Aeratone was still in regular use when the baths closed in 1993.

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    Sand filtration units.
    These would contain graded sand that would filter out particulates down to 30 microns.
    They would be periodically backwashed to remove the contaminants.
    This type of filter is still installed in modern pools.

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    The original boilers for heating the pools, for hot water for showers, baths and the laundry.

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    The clock tower is usually off limits but with a bit of persuasion we were given access.
    Stripped of most of it’s gears and converted to electric winding and chiming, it’s been recently rewired.
    The winder and bell chime look to date from the 1950’s.

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    The original lead pendulum bob with steel shaft, probably weighing around 30stone / 200 kilos.

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    Finally one of the many stained glass windows. Thanks to Zero81 for the tips on window photos - I almost got it right with this one :rolleyes:

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  2. toby

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    Beautiful shots Yorrick, thanks for sharing.

    I visited on a Sunday Open Day a few years back, a lot of restoration work in progress.

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    Is the cow still there?

    if you haven't been it's well worth a visit. Full details at their website -- tours every Weds.
     
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    Looks like it could have been one of the Cow Parade cows
     
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