Birmingham – Sparkhill 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.

Sparkhill BathsIn February, 1927, a Memorial was presented to the City Council pressing for the erection of baths in the Sparkhill district. A scheme had already been considered and approved by the Council in 1923 for a bath to be built in this area, as an Unemployed Relief Work, but this had been postponed due to the fact that all skilled labour was at the time required for house building.

With a view to providing an establishment of the most up-to-date design on a site acquired in the busy Stratford Road, the Baths Committee visited other towns to examine the latest types of baths built, and furthermore, travelled to the Continent, where, particularly in Germany, much useful information was obtained.

Sparkhill Baths Learners and Large SwimSparkhill Baths, opened on 29th July, 1931, is an establishment of which the Department is rightly proud. The building is of brick, relieved with reconstructed stone, and has a frontage to the main road of 126ft. The main swimming pool is 100ft. by 35ft., and has a depth of 9ft. at one end and 3ft. 6in, at the other. An interesting feature is the learners’ pool situated near the Entrance Hall, specially suited for the use of children, which is 32ft. by 21ft. 4in. and has a depth ranging from 2ft. 1in, at the shallow end to 3ft. 6in. at the deep end.

There are 160 dressing boxes, 80 on each side of the building; these do not front on to the main swimming pool, but are ranged along corridors running parallel with the bath, and bathers enter from their respective sides under archways situated opposite the centre.

In addition to the main swimming and learners’ pools, there are excellent suites of washing baths for men and women, and a cafe where light refreshments may be obtained.

The premises have recently been modernised by the introduction of up-to-date lighting, and the application of acoustic treatment in the bath Halls.


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