Abandoned Beauty: Victoria Baths, Manchester

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In November last year, I went along to a photo workshop at Victoria Baths in Manchester, which is a building currently undergoing a marvellous amount of reconstruction.

Credits: fletchinski84

Victoria Baths in Manchester opened in 1906 and had cost £59,000 to complete, which was a huge sum of money at the time. The Manchester council was very happy with it however, describing it as a “palace”. It housed afirst-class pool and second-class pool — both for males, and another pool for females. The photo above shows the main entrance desk. The baths were in operation until 1993 and had been used for many things, including swimming, water polo, sports activities and even dances.

Credits: fletchinski84

Nowadays, the baths are in the process of being fully restored to their former glory and I have to admit I was impressed at just how good it looked when I visited . They now hold craft fairs and other events in the pool rooms and it is such a cool venue. You can also hire it out for weddings and the like — how cool to get married in a Victorian swimming pool?

Credits: fletchinski84

I would highly recommend a visit to this place, and maybe even go along to one of the photography workshops for some tricks and tips. You can find the baths on Hathersage Road in Manchester.

You can find out more information here.

written by fletchinski84 on 2013-01-07 in #world #locations #urban-adventures #swimming #architecture #restoration #baths #building #pools #urban #victorian #history #workshop

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