Chadderton Baths - Feb 19

Help Support Derelict Places:

UrbandonedTeam

Regular Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2017
Messages
217
Reaction score
1,158
Location
UK
Anyone that's been here will know that the access is a bit of a pain, especially with the lurking neighbours around the back, which is the main reason it took us so long to visit this photogenic leisure centre.



Chadderton Baths



33716521938_bc8a53c201_b.jpg




The Art Nouveau Chadderton Baths was a public swimming facility opened in 1937. Henry Taylor, the British Olympic freestyle swimming triple gold medalist and champion was an attendant at Chadderton Baths where many of his awards were displayed. Chadderton Baths were closed indefinitely in 2006 after a structural survey found faults which could have put the public at risk. Chadderton Sports Centre, built onto the Baths, was closed and replaced by the Chadderton Wellbeing Centre in January 2010. An application to demolish the Baths was made in March 2011. The Chadderton Historical Society has tried unsuccessfully to save the abandoned building, which Oldham Council is reportedly set on demolishing, despite the wishes of Chadderton residents and support from local councilors.



Once we had entered the property, moving into the swimming pool area led us into the path of four or five portrait photographers conducting a shoot with permission and keys. Luckily they didn't mind us being there although I think they were confused at first as to where we had came from. We should have just knocked on the door!



The pool itself



32651018097_1000010961_b.jpg




32651020217_0179713524_b.jpg




33716523168_d3ea85c71b_b.jpg




47540496972_9bb64a0d42_b.jpg




32651021377_a62ef3ca98_b.jpg




46869401074_a13101a5d1_b.jpg




Central staircase



32651018907_5b5223a4fd_b.jpg




32651022237_7754c22d8a_b.jpg




47540499032_f7eb80d744_b.jpg




The additional sports hall building, which remained open after the baths were closed down in 2006. Power worked in here for some reason, so we could have a good kick-about in the hall



33716522398_4fb3b1bb66_b.jpg




(taken before the lights came on... also lit with a phone torch...)



47540496562_ed5cb0d81a_b.jpg




Here's the link for our documentary styled video of the exploration. We cover the building's past, present and future through cinematics and narration:



https://youtu.be/UzXHmm2Fmvk



Thanks for reading :)
 

Silverlight

Regular Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2018
Messages
22
Reaction score
11
As a society we seem to be becoming experts in allowing closure of public facilities. There’s always an excuse, it seems, to close something and sell the land to some private developer. I guess the lure of profit outweighs any sense of public service in the minds of Townhalls these days. Grab the money and run.
 

BikinGlynn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2014
Messages
1,883
Reaction score
3,476
Thats a lovely place would love a butchers at that one, nicely done!
 

Latest posts

Top