Last weekend I went to the Victoria Baths in Manchester as they had a vintage fair on, I have always wanted to see the Baths and thought this was an excellent opportunity to see it. Here is a little history about it:
The Baths opened in 1906, no expense was spared, and today you can still see the rich terracotta, decorative stained glass, and sumptuous tiles and mosaics.
For 86 years, Victoria Baths served the community with its three swimming pools, Turkish Baths, laundry, slipper baths and Aeratone. Since closing in 1993, the building has remained remarkably intact and is listed grade II.
In 2003 it won the BBC2's first Restoration series, and a dedicated group of volunteers work tirelessly towards the common goal of returning the building to its former glory. Victoria Baths is a public restoration work in progress.
Not only were the baths absolutely beautiful, the entrance was only £2.50 (gift aid price) complete with a free tour. I was so mesmerised by the building that I was not anticipating much from the vintage stalls, but I was so wrong! I will show you my finds as well.
Believe it or not The Aeratone is a therapeutic bath, not a device for Dr. Frankenstein, apparently it has been a favourite of sports men over the years.
Ladies changing cubicles, apparently the men's stalls did not come with doors, how very rude.
A pianist playing in one of the empty pools, so surreal yet enchanting!
A full length shot of my dress, excuse the facial expression, I was trying to get my boyfriend to take it in a hurry so I would not look too weird to the other visitors, posing next to fireplaces.
|I would like this in my house|
|Victoria Baths Polo Team 1906|
|The Senior Ladies of Victoria Swimming Club 1919|
For those who live in the North West there is another fair on the 2nd October, I urge you to go, not just for the clothes but for this beautiful historic place.
Images of swimming teams found here, history of Victoria Baths on the website.