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Old 18th September 2011
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Govanhill baths

These baths are almost 100 years old and were the subject of closure in 2001 by the local council who planned to sell the listed building site to a property developer. The residents objected and occupied the building, waging guerrilla war on the council - including a bus hijack. The council cut electricity, heating and water to the building but the protesters held out and are now trying to raise 12M to renovate and develop the building.
Ladies Pool

Changing Cubicles

Bath Time



Bath Hall Roof - it's wooden and the paint is peeling - it's quite surreal.

Main Pool


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Re: Govanhill baths

The main pool is beautiful, but one would have to ask the obvious question....... how did you manage to get in?
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Re: Govanhill baths

Very interesting set. Good to see such an image set on the forum.

Thanks for posting.

Like the previous comments. How did you get in or is it best not too ask.


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Re: Govanhill baths

Great set of images, Jamie. Very well captured, and I am sure, a great visual memory of what was once a busy place.

Interestingly, I wondered what the picture was in the last shot, down in the corner of the pool, and what is was doing there...? Any idea...?

There's a disused public swimming pool close to where I live, and I know the new owners quite well - your shots have inspired me to get in touch with them and see if I can get some similar ones. Thank you.
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Re: Govanhill baths

Lovely set of shots Jamie.

A similar thing happened in Newcastle in the 1990's.although without a sit-in. The pool is now a thriving comkmunity pool. http://www.jesmondpool.co.uk/
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Re: Govanhill baths

Thanks all for the reponses - no fortunately I'm not an urban guerrilla - it was opened as part of the Glasgow Open Doors weekend. It was really interesting - but what a waste of a great resource.
John,
Each area we accessed had large framed photographs of people in swimming costumes. These people were/are part of the group campaigning to reopen the facility. I wish them every success in doing so.

One thing I had a real issue with was the natural light through the skylight windows fooling the E-3s exposure settings particularly for the pools shots. These were the best two - others were under exposed either side of the shaft of sunlight.
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Re: Govanhill baths

Love these sort of places.No2 and 3 for me.

Great set.

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Jamie,

A cracking set of shots,with plenty of nostalagic atmosphere to boot.
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Re: Govanhill baths

Cor - it reminds me of various pools I was taken to when I was young - mostly outdoor ones but in the same vein. I bet they're all long gone now!

I hope this one survives!
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Re: Govanhill baths

Ah yes, the joy of outdoor pools, especially in Scotland - I remember only too well both Arbroath and Stonehaven outdoor pools and the post-dip testicular recovery expeditions thereafter.....
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Re: Govanhill baths

I used to swim competitively in my teens and used to hate this type of pool and yearned for them all to be like Crystal Palace. As I grew up I changed my mind. Great pics but it is a pity you had the opportunity to take shots of such dereliction. Just think if they had spent a bit of money the resurrection of these places would not be so expensive.

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Re: Govanhill baths

Twelve millon quid!? All it needs is a lick of paint.
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Re: Govanhill baths

An interesting series Jamie and for me the main pool shot is superb.
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Re: Govanhill baths

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Twelve millon quid!? All it needs is a lick of paint.
Come on, Ulfric. It needs sanding down and a bit of polyfiller as well.

Does seem a lot, mind.
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Re: Govanhill baths

Aww man that brings back some memories. I had family lived round the corner in Langside Road and I went for a swim in that pool all the time and a nice big bath afterwards. Great shots and great memories.

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