Posted by Jackie on September 21, 2010
This is also the big pool, taken looking round from yesterday’s spot. All 3 of the pools had glass window roofs (rooves?) meaning that they are lit by natural light. The red paint is a later addition, as are most of the tiles – it was built around the start of the first World War, and the guide pointed out how some of the crests of the original tiling on the walls going all the way round the edge high up were retained but recessed as the new tiling was put on over the old. The plan for the refurbishment, should the Community Trust get the money to do this, would be to remove the newer tiles and restore it to closer to how it looked originally.
That’s another brief break for me from the thesis – back to it (and neglect of this blog) now!
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Posted by Jackie on September 20, 2010
This is the slogan for the Govanhill Baths Community Trust. I just love that this group, which has existed since the 2001 occupation of the baths, is still going strong and is so well organised, and yet it’s totally focussed on the community good.
This picture features the largest pool of the three at the baths (this is the deep end, obviously). In the top left corner of the pool you can see built in steps.
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Posted by Jackie on September 19, 2010
This weekend is Doors Open Day in Glasgow and throughout Scotland (a similar concept, called Open Doors, operates down south, certainly in London this weekend too). The last couple of years I’ve been away this weekend, but this year I finally managed to get to the one venue I was really keen to visit, Govanhill Baths. This community facility was closed in 2001, but not without an occupation which lasted between March-August that year – there’s more history about this on the website of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust, who were giving guided tours of the pools. I’ll put a couple more pictures up over the next couple of days.
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