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Whitworth Baths, Manchester

The Whitworth Baths are located in the Ardwick area of Manchester. They opened in 1890 but I have no idea when they closed! I cannot find any history whatsoever on the building, when it closed or where the pools actually were. It looks as if some of the building may have already been demolished. If anyone has any history or information on the building please contact me.

8 comments

  1. a planning application has been submitted to Manchester City Council in September 2015 for the baths to be demolished, including retaining the front façade and then to have heras fencing put around the site.

  2. i can tell you a lot about the baths and wash house and the turkish as i used to live there in the 70s as my dad george was in charge and we had the house which was part of the main building the buildings where on ashton old rd in openshaw not ardwick at the time the hole building consisted of the wash house swimming baths wash baths turkish baths whitworth hall whitworth art college and one other building which may acount for you thinking it was in ardwick that was called ardwick lads club but nothing to do with ardwick the area

  3. The building is standing but the baths are either filled or under a false floor

  4. Are these baths still standing? If so, is there a plan to maintain them?
    I learned to swim there in the 1940s. Would be sad to see them pulled down.

  5. Building still standing, not too sure when closed but were open in the late 1970’s cos I used to go on occasion

  6. There are loads of pics of the pools at Whitworth Baths if you go on the Manchester City Council site – go to libraries and follow the links to the image collection, when you get to the box to name the street, just put in whitworth baths

  7. by the way it was not ardwick
    it was on ashton old rd openshaw manchester11

  8. this was also a wash house back in the day of no washing machines
    i used to get dragged there as a kid as I was only a child i could not understand why all the ladies enjoyed washing ironing singing looking back i think it was an outlet to get away from the old routine of having no money for food but always money for beer getting away from family and probably helping each other out with money before going to the pawn shop on a monday

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