Birmingham – Northfield Baths

The following is taken directly from The City of Birmingham Baths Department 1851 – 1951. The work was written and compiled by J. Moth M.N.A.B.S Birmingham 1951 and is presented here.

Northfield BathsFollowing the erection of Sparkhill Baths, the Committee gave its attention to the erection of baths to cater for the increasing population of the newly developed areas on the outskirts of the City, and chose a well-placed site in the Bristol Road South at Northfield for this purpose.

For such areas, there was no longer the necessity to provide washing bath facilities as each home had its own bathroom.

Northfield Baths Large PoolNorthfield Baths was opened on 8th May, 1937, and the accommodation consists of two swimming pools, the main swim measuring 100ft. by 35ft., together with a learners’ pool 21ft. 6in by 33ft; the main swim varies in depth from 3ft. 3in to 10ft. 2in at the deep end.

The Cafe Northfield BathsThe building has an imposing elevation, and is provided with a spacious entrance hail in which the ticket office is situated. Dressing rooms for both sexes are ranged on both sides of the ticket office, and bathers on leaving the dressing rooms have to enter the swimming hail by passing through pre-cleansing rooms. On the ground floor are scholars’ rooms for communal changing, and on the upper floor is a spacious cafe overlooking the swimming hall. The site is an extensive one, and there is ample space for car parking. Northfield Baths has also recently been modernised by the installation of improved lighting, and the application of acoustic treatment in both Swimming Halls.

 

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