Five things: Bramley Baths

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Think you know Bramley Baths? Think again.

The baths are built on the site of an old foundry, and first opened to the public in 1904. At the time, many people would have used the bath-house to wash rather than swim.

The building includes fashionable Russian steam baths, believed to promote good health. The foundry chimney remained, and can still be seen from across the city.

The pool is listed and is the only one remaining of eight built by the city council at the turn of the century. Many features have been preserved, including the oak ticket desk.

The pool is overlooked by a balcony and in keeping with the style at the time, has changing rooms alongside the pool itself. The slipper baths have been converted into a gym.

The pool was re-opened after refurbishment in 1992, and is now operated as a community enterprise, led by the volunteer Friends of Bramley Baths group.

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