Victoria baths was built in 1906 and is one of the most extraordinary buildings
in Manchester from the Victorian-Edwardian era. The first time I saw it I thought
wow !!. It was last used in 1993, sadly it has been left to decay and ruin.
The building has very attractive brickwork. Nearly every corner of the building
is covered in decorative stone and ornamentation and inside there is superb stained
glassed windows and glazed tiling. The new swimming baths in Manchester, the Manchester
Aquatics Centre, is functional and up to date, but has no soul.
There is a campaign to save the baths. An attempt
to get funding from the National Lottery proved amazingly unsuccessful. I
thought the National Lottery was there to save such beautiful buildings. A true pleasure palace of the people.
The baths recently won funding from the BBC Restoration programme - Congratulations
! The people have spoken and made a very wise choice.