Victoria Baths

Author Critical Mass - Last updated: 05.08.2010

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 façade has multi-coloured brickwork and terracotta 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.

This was an official explore as it is a lottery funded heritage site. They open the doors 1st Sunday of every month which is why it’s in awesome condition. Made a change from keeping one eye on the shot and one eye out for The Luminous Vest Brigade. Hope you enjoy!!

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Thanks for looking

Gaz


13 comments

#1Mark BlundellAugust 5, 2010, 4:48 pm

WOW – that looks wonderful, love all the tiles. I presume that it is getting refurbished and opened as either museam or baths again with the funding?

Whats that in No 12? Looks like a steampunc Pac-Man machine.

Great work and as you say, good not to have to keep too much of an eye out for Secas.

#2Gazmather1973August 5, 2010, 5:04 pm

Cheers Mark, the thing in picture 12 was used to operate the sauna in picture 1.

#3NicolaiAugust 6, 2010, 3:14 pm

WOW !!

fantastic photos.
The Location is perfect for UrbEx

Greetings from Hannover, Germany
Nicolai

#4sophos9August 6, 2010, 4:57 pm

Dude, its such a great location – nice processing to go alongside it, great work man

#5hywelNovember 16, 2010, 9:10 am

these are awsome pictures and i love that process youve added to them is that a photoshop filter you can get online or something? i see quite a few people on here have used that style and it’s really effective!

#6oldskoolSeptember 7, 2011, 8:00 pm

you know what its on my doorstep and i havent been……….must try harder

#7jean caveFebruary 20, 2012, 8:50 pm

gobsmackingly bloody awesome with knobs on.

#8Brunella here againMay 17, 2012, 3:37 pm

Great set! Wonderful Liberty site!

#9shadowpsychoMay 19, 2012, 3:11 pm

Amazing stuff, i love the filter work and the pics are well executed, top work.

#10RagtimeJanuary 16, 2013, 6:10 pm

These pictures make great use of this beautiful space that I have seen shot SO badly, just google images Victoria Baths and you see some nasties. I think the filters / effects make it look like a poster for a horror film, but I don’t mind that. Shooting there next week, and making drawings now, so these have helped…I like your stairs shot no 11, although very horror film, too!

#11Kayelle AllenJanuary 23, 2013, 5:13 pm

Beautiful images of a bygone era. Thank you for sharing them.

#12Naheed YasminJuly 8, 2016, 10:25 pm

I used to go swimming at Victoria baths in my primary school. It hasn’t changed at all

#13BarryOctober 2, 2016, 3:44 pm

The “thing in picture 12″ was used to operate the ***aeratone*** in picture 1.
See: http://www.grantonhistory.org/industry/turbulayr.htm#now

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