Seymour Place Public Baths, St. Marylebone

The following article appeared in Baths and Bath Engineering (The Official Journal of the National Association of Bath Superintendents) page 31 – 34 February 1936 Issue 24 Volume 3 Editor; Jenkyn Griffiths B.Sc; P.A.Inst.W.E

This building is now being erected for the Marylebone Borough Council at Seymour Place Bryanston Place and Shouldham Street.

Seymore Place Public Baths PlanThe general departmental arrangement will be seen from the plans. The large swimming bath is to be convertible into a public hall and when used for this purpose the principal entrance will be from Seymour Place. The main entrance to the public baths building proper is from Bryanston Place with entrance hall containing ticket and towel issuing office. Large dressing rooms planned right and left of the entrance hall containing dressing boxes, counters and clothes storage accommodation are provided for men and women respectively.

Access to the large swimming bath is through cleansing rooms provided in connection with each of the above dressing rooms. This swimming bath has a water area of 132 ft. by 42 ft. with a diving pool at the deep end. Wide bathers’ promenades surround the pool and counters for the service of light refreshments are planned for the use of bathers.

The large swimming bath hall has been planned with a view to its conversion into a public hall in the winter months and there would be seating for approximately 1,400 persons facing the stage in addition to the side galleries to accommodate 450, which would be used both for swimming bath and public hall purposes. A refreshment room is provided on the first floor and provision is also made for using the hall for private cinema purposes.

The second-class swimming bath will be in use throughout the year. It is 100 ft. by 30 ft. and the dressing rooms for men and women adjoin. In this instance also a counter and clothes storage system is proposed in addition to the dressing boxes and the access for bathers from the dressing room to the bath is through cleansing rooms..

The slipper baths, 50 in number, are planned at first floor level along time Bryanston Place front and they are directly accessible from the baths entrance hall.

The entrance to time public wash house department is from Shouldham Street.and the sloping way provides access to the entrance haIl and ticket office, pram store, waiting rooms, lavatories, etc. The public wash house contains 25 washing troughs and eight washing machines and sinks, 50 drying horses and six hydro extractors.

Time mangling and ironing room contains mangles, ironing tables and electric irons.

The baths superintendent’s residential flat consists of two living rooms, three bedrooms, bath room, kitchen and offices and is planned on the Shouldham Street front being reached by a private entrance amid staircase.

Time lower hall is accessible from Seymour Place and will be available when the public hall is in use for the provision of circulation to the cloak rooms etc. A large kitchen, service rooms, scullery and store rooms are also provided for the use of banquets.

The establishment laundry adjoins the heating chamber, and a system of chutes for towels is proposed in this connection. Provision is made for filtration plant and the heating and hot water supply throughout the building is to be by means of electrical thermal storage plant.

Club rooms, staff mess rooms, artistes’ dressing rooms, superintendent’s office and matron’s room, together with a squash racquets court ore also provided.

The elevations are to be finished with multi-coloured facing bricks and Portland stone dressings and the general roofing is of Italian pattern tiles.

The cupola over the public baths entrance is covered with copper.

Mr. Kenneth H. B. Cross, M.A., F.R.I.B.A. (of A. W. S. and K. M. B. Cross), of 46 New Bond-street, London, W.1, is the architect.

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6 Responses to “Seymour Place Public Baths, St. Marylebone”

  1. Molly Turner says:

    My father Reginald Turner worked in Public Health at St Marylebone council, post war, and Seymour Baths publiic laundry was one of his responsibilities.
    The swimming pool., strangely, wasn’t.

  2. Graham Stephenson says:

    I grew up in Seymour Buildings and I learnt to swim in the main pool. I was captain of the Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School boys swimming team in 1963 and we won the Marylebone championships held in the main swimming pool.

    I remember Friday evening being “Splash night” in the small pool. It was for the Police and their children really but I was friends with some of the children in Macready House, Police flats, so I used to go too.

  3. Jeremy Weall says:

    I used to swim in this pool on trips to London with my recently demised father in the late 60’s. He was a club swimmer and regularly swam here.

    Our frequent Saturday visits would include Trooping the Colour practice when on, then a swim, then a walk to the Serpentine for a rowing boat followed by my father having a post lunch snooze in Hyde Park then on to a News Theatre to watch Winnie the Pooh et al.

    It was a regular routine and the trips to Seymour Place are still embedded in my memory.

  4. Edwin Park says:

    I was born in 1939 and in my early teens was taught to swim here, mostly in the large pool which was 44 yards long. My teacher was Reg Laxton, coach of Judy Grinham who won a backstroke gold medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
    All those in our training squad doing freestyle could never keep up with her backstroke. She was great!

  5. P Campbell says:

    I also learnt to swim here was also born in Seymour Bldgs just along the road. When I married I done my washing in the baths around the back
    Born 1936

  6. James O'Keeffe says:


    I learned to swim in the small pool and spent many a summer in the large pool bombing, playing he and generally having fun.

    Jim O’Keeffe

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