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Govanhill Baths – September 2011

As part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day we took the opportunity to visit Govanhill Baths which have been closed for several years. Since the closure of the baths there has been an ongoing campaign to have them reopened and to service the local community once again.

Govanhill Baths
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For us Govanhill Baths hold quite a few memories as one member of the team learned to swim here whilst another swam for the swimming club once based here, Kingston.

Govanhill Baths
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The main reception area still has the original red desk from pre-closure times but the ceiling is in need of a lick of paint.

Govanhill Baths
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Govanhill Baths has a number of facilities including three different sized pools. The pool below is the mid sized one, often called the Ladies Pool.

Govanhill Baths
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Parts of the baths have deteriorated over the years with the main conservation being focussed on the main pool.

Hand Dryer
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The bath house within the building is on the upper floor with a few antique baths still remaining. For some, including myself, there is a beauty to peeling paintwork.

Peeling Roof
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Wonder if Stevie will be coming back to have another bath?

Stevie's Bath
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As previously mentioned the main pool has seen the focus of the project. Here it is in all its grandeur.

Govanhill Baths Main Pool
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The main pool has a spectators area around the top of it with original fold down wooden seats.

Govanhill Baths Main Pool
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The campaign to have Govanhill Baths reopened was successful with the first part of the reopening happing in February 2012. They plan to have the baths fully reopened by 2016.

For the full set of images visit Flickr.

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