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 Manchester Victoria Baths


The Victoria Baths, near Longsight in Manchester, were designed as a prestigious baths complex by Manchester's first City Architect, Henry Price, and opened by Manchester Corporation in 1906. In their design and construction no expense was spared. The facade has multi-coloured brickwork and teracotta decoration, the main interior public spaces are clad in glazed tiles from floor to ceiling and most of the many windows have decorative stained glass.

For 86 years the Victoria Baths provided both essential and leisure facilities. 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 Aeratone (jacuzzi) in the country.In SEPTEMBER 2003 Victoria Baths captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK and won the BBC’s landmark series Restoration. Victoria Baths received 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.
The audio guide was produced as part of National Womens Week in 2006. The theme of the walk is Women, Health and Nature in Manchester.Images here are of Sunny Lowry, chanel swimmer who trained at Victoria Baths and Marie Stopes, pioneer for family planning.
The walk takes in Victoria Baths, Gaskell House, the orignial Manchester High School for Girls and the Pankhurst Centre.

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