For 86 years, from 1906,the Victoria Baths provided both essential and leisure facilities in Manchester. Private baths and a laundry were housed there along with three swimming pools and the Turkish Baths. The main swimming pool was floored over in the winter months to hold dances. In 1952 the Victoria Baths installed the first public Aeratione in the country
The Baths was closed in 1993. The building is now in very poor repair and yet remarkably intact with most of the stained glass and original tiling remaining. the Victoria Baths is listed grade II* on the List of Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest. There are open days throughout the year and events are ehld to raise money for the restoration.
In September 2003 Victoria Baths won the BBC's landmark series Restoration, receiveing a massive 282,018 votes. As a result of the win, the Heritage Lottery Fund earmarked £3million and the BBC's Restoration Fund raised nearly £500,000 for the restoration of the Turkish Baths at Victoria Baths. Subsequently, English Heritage also awarded the Baths a grant of £450,000 towards the first phase of restoration.After four years of planning and overcoming problems the restoration finally started in 2007 but there is still a very long way to go.
The lady was actually photographed in the Albert Dock in Liverpool, you may remember her from an earlier posting,
I'm thinking of entering this in a club competition but just cannot think of a suitable title so any suggestions gratefully received.
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