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York Road, Public Baths and Library

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York Road, Public Baths and Library
Description:
June 2008. View of the former York Road public swimming baths and branch library, which also once housed the Library Headquarters for the city. Designed by H. Ascough Chapmen and opened in October 1904, the building is Grade II listed but is now vacant and in a poor state of repair. A notice here says 'Coming Soon...Refurbished Office Space' but this seems to have fallen through; the building was soon afterwards withdrawn from auction and its future is now unclear.

User Comments:

Name:
d.moody

Comment:
this place is in a terrible condition it should be demolished as soon as possible, every year more of the roof disapears.as you drive down york road you see modern leeds in the background with its new skyline new offices and modern luxery flats, then you pass this eyesore.

Date:
04-Jun-2010

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Name:
Sheila Jubb

Comment:
I passed the York Road Baths the other day on one of my visits to Leeds. Sadly, it looks in a very sorry state and seems to have deteriorated since this picture was taken. The remarks about the future of the building being unclear could do with an update, as the building looks as though it will not be too long before it starts to fall down.

Date:
05-Jun-2010

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Name:
Sharon Richardson (nee Monaghan)

Comment:
In the 1960's went to these baths for swimming from St Maries Secondary School on the Bank. Why we had to trail all the way there amazes me when the adjoining Mt St Mary's College had its own baths and we could see it from our classroom window!! Some sort of snobbery I expect.

Date:
08-Jun-2010

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Name:
d moody

Comment:
i passed by this site yesterday and itwas surrounded by scaffolding. is some improvement taking place, if so will it be worth it?

Date:
15-Jan-2011

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Name:
Patricia Smith

Comment:
It is such a shame to see the Baths in this awful state now when it was such a part of the community at the time. My Father, Arthur Moss, went there many times and when he was first courting my Mother, Eileen, in the late 1930s he threw her in at the deep end believing she could swim. He consequently had to dive in and get her out! His life must have been hell for a while after that!! Neverless they married in December 1941 and were together until his premature death in March 1972.

Date:
27-Aug-2011

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Name:
Chris Rae Nee Emerson

Comment:
when I was at Parklands junior in Seacroft early 1960's we used to be taken by bus to the Baths for swimming lessons,, which consisted of someone tying a thick rope around our waist and dragging us to the side,, not really efficient, the best part was buying an oxo drink afterwards,,but it was our only time out of the school grounds unlike today.

Date:
17-Oct-2011

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Name:
peter Jackson

Comment:
it was here in 1947 that i learnt to swim under the tutalage of Mr Shaw, he didnt mess around after a few movements on the side of the pool showing the breast stroke he produced a long wooden pole and said get in, the pole was held in front of your nose and moved along just out of reach but always close, this way I was taught to swim, that year I obtained three certificates from the Leeds City Council for my swimming ability, I was the only one in my family who could swim!!

Date:
28-Sep-2012

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Name:
sue hayward ( nee ellis)

Comment:
these baths were part of my childhood,apart from going with the school(parklands).we used to go all the time in the school holidays,also at weekends,we once got banned for a few weeks for throwing maltesers into the baths at some boys who were being cheeky,happy times !such a shame to see it in such a state .i would have thought it must be a listed building.

Date:
17-Nov-2012

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Name:
Tony Thompson

Comment:
I only have happy memories of York Road baths, I went with the school, St Kevins, and with my mates in the 1960s this was my 'local' baths even though we were from Swarcliffe and Seacroft. We used go from school in a bus with a towel rolled round our trunks, two to a cubicle or if they were all full we changed on the balcony above the ladies cubicles. Our eyes were red for hours after the swimming due to the high levels of chlorine in the water. If you were lucky enough to have some money there was a choice of an Oxo drink or a couple of Jammy Dodgers after the swim. We did certificates, one of which entailed wearing pyjamas to dive into the deep end and recover a rubber brick from the bottom of the pool. With my mates on a Saturday we would race around playing tag ("No Running" was the cry from the attendant) and diving for pennies that we threw in. The building frontage should be restored, it is certainly part of my heritage

Date:
18-Nov-2012

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