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    Another location formerly on our website previous to switching to underground specific content.I do not apologise for the quality of the photos, photography was not then and is not now my reason for exploring.

    Harpurhey Baths - Feb 2006

    Built in the early 1900's Harpurhey at the time of my visit was half the establishment in used to be. Being the neglected less glamourous cousin of the Victoria Baths has allowed this Grade II listed building to be hacked up and left to rot.

    There are now plans in place to re-use what is to be kept of the buildings, though it's anyones guess when work may start on this? At least securing the buildings would be a first step? This is an amazing place with intricate decorative tiling, ornate metal work, beautiful woodwork, stained glass and fantastic huge spaces all being slowly destroyed by nature and not so slowly by men! A privelage to have seen!

























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    Really nice work dude, especially the last panoramic shot.

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    Love the tiles and wrought-iron work. :)
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    What a brilliant report and pics...wish it was closer to Swindon.Well done and many thanxxxxxxxx
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    Have a fascination for old swiming pools (and Cinemas/theatres ) Perhaps because of my interest in the elaborate tiling in some of these places. Very nice photos, thanks for sharing
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    Very nice place, love all the ornate tiles and metalwork

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelle View Post
    What a brilliant report and pics...wish it was closer to Swindon.Well done and many thanxxxxxxxx
    I guess Swindon is a bit of a way to go yah. You have the Mechanics Institute real close by though, what's going on with that place these days? I'll try to post the pics and text from my visit I took there a couple of years back with Sam of www.nobodythere.co.uk, very character packed mass of building that place is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyque2 View Post
    Have a fascination for old swiming pools (and Cinemas/theatres )
    I know what you mean tony. With me I think it is the thought of the place once buzzing with fun and laughter. Now just an empty building, but you can still here the whispers of fun and laughter or am I going insane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon-G View Post
    ...but you can still here the whispers of fun and laughter or am I going insane
    Well...I didn't like to say anything, BUT... ;)
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    Like this place a lot. Love the tiles and the colours. and the old changing rooms at the side of the pool. They used to put a lot of work into designing etc these gorgeous buildings, then are closed and left to the elements etc. Then they build horrible new baths instead, without the character of the old pools.

    There used to be a victorian pool like this in Nottingham, called the Victoria Baths, its now open as a leisure centre, but i haven't ventured into the swimming pool part for a number of years. It used to look very much like this then.

    Cheers,

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