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Description: Former Municipal Baths
Date Listed: 2 April 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 212657
OS Grid Reference: SJ9335298687
OS Grid Coordinates: 393352, 398687
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4849, -2.1016
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE HENRY SQUARE
SJ 99 NW (south side)
4/9 Former Municipal Baths (formerly listed
as The Municipal
Municipal swimming baths, now industrial/office units. 1870-
71 and later. By Paull and Robinson. Flemish bond brick with
slate roof and stone dressings. Large swimming hall with
tower at north east and subsidiary accommodation at east.
Italian Romanesque style. 5-bay swimming hall has flat
pilasters, a machicolated frieze below the eaves level and 3
round-headed windows with hoodmoulds and glazing bars in the
upper storey of each bay. Other elevations are treated
similarly. A lean-to against the ground floor has a central
entrance feature with 2 arched door openings and numerous
small arched lights under dripmoulds. The Lombardic tower
has vent openings towards the top between bold
machicolations. A similarly detailed chimney rises from the
apex of the roof. To the left of the tower another elaborate
entrance surround gives access to the lower 2-storey wing
which has paired windows on the lower floor and 11 round
windows on the first floor. Interior: the swimming pool (at
the time said to be the second largest covered bath in
Europe) now filled in, is surrounded by paired columns with
moulded capitals supporting semi-circular brick arches.
Impressive hammer-beam roof. Other fittings, including doors,
staircases etc. have survived intact. Apart from being an
important early example of a Municipal swimming bath the
building is exeptional because of its forceful
architectural massing and use of stylistic features.
Listing NGR: SJ9335298687
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Source: English Heritage
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