Municipal Baths, Henry Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester

Municipal Baths, Henry Square, Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester
Photograph taken 02 July 1870 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: xa00186

This cutting from the Builder magazine shows an illustration of the exterior of Ashton-Under-Lyne public baths. It also shows the ground and first floor plans. The Municipal Baths were opened in 1870 thanks to a £16,000 donation by the mill owner, socialist reformer and local MP Hugh Mason. They were designed in a Byzantine style. They were one of the first, and one of the largest, public swimming baths. Between November and March each year a wooden floor was put over the main pool. It was then used as a roller skating rink and concert hall. The baths were closed in 1997 and are now (2013) on the Heritage at Risk Register.

Location

Greater Manchester Ashton Under Lyne

Period

Victorian (1837 - 1901)

Tags

plan drawing leisure swimming bath interior conservation preservation philanthropy sanitation welfare hygiene victorian (1837 - 1901)