SD8602 : Harpurhey Public Baths and Laundry

taken 6 years ago, near to Harpurhey, Manchester, Great Britain

Harpurhey Public Baths and Laundry
Harpurhey Public Baths and Laundry
Looking along Rochdale Road (A664) towards the former swimming baths.

Harpurhey Baths are one of numerous municipal baths constructed throughout the country around the turn of the century, following various social reforms, and public health acts. The baths complexes were principally for social amenity and hygiene, rather than primarily for recreation.

The Harpurhey Baths were designed by Henry Price, the same architect who designed the Grade II* listed Victoria Baths. Built in 1909 (SD8602 : Harpurhey Baths), they were designed to fit an already occupied site, which contained a school and a pub as well as terraced houses and shops lining Rochdale Road.

The baths provided an extremely important social facility in the area and has been associated with community use and gathering, for over 100 years. The male baths closed in 2001, after serious defects were discovered. Since closure, the baths building has been incorporated in the neighbouring North Manchester Sixth Form Sixth Form College building. The college has transformed the building into an award-winning exhibition space for students and the community.

Harpurhey Baths and Laundry was designated as a Grade II listed building in 1994 while still in use (English Heritage ID:457194 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The Way We Were: Harpurhey A century in the lives of the real 'people like us' LinkExternal link includes some old pictures of the baths, including interior views, in the slideshow.
A664 Road
The A664 runs 12 miles from Manchester to the northern side of Rochdale, forming an easterly bypass around Rochdale. It has two spurs in and near Castleton, one (the original route of the road, to the original terminus) to meet the A58 at Sudden, and the other (Edinburgh Way) to meet the A58 about 100 yards northeast of the first location, meeting the A627(M) on the way.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 5 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 9 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  Suburb, Urban fringe  Educational sites  People, Events 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8600 0204 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:30.8909N 2:12.7557W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8600 0211
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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