Manchester – New Islington Baths

New Islington Baths Manchester








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3 Responses to “Manchester – New Islington Baths”

  1. robert burton says:

    I remember comming here once a week with my brothers. We lived on George leigh street. The weekly routine was my mam with one of those coach built prams loaded to the top with the weekly washing, making here way through the streets to New Issy wash house. We went into swim while mam did the weekly wash. Going into the wash house after the swim was scary to get some money for sweets- Big women with a “fag” dangling from there mouths and head scarves would give you a row. All good humoured. It was a great meeting house for the local mothers. A lot of the time we went into the baths and straight out again and played on the canal and the derelict houses. Are kid fell in the canal one time and nearly drowned, mam couldn’t understand how he could not swim after 2 years of going to the baths!!Tough but happy days

  2. New Isinglington Baths Manchester.
    Memories !
    I lived in Ancoats from 1958 to 1968 and as a young boy went to New Isinglinton baths on many occasion. I learnt to swin at the baths not through lessons but following what my elder brother and his friends were doing. We would go to the baths at least twice a week and more often in the school holidays. Interesting to see the photos of the baths and while I remember the changing rooms either side of the poo, but can’t remember what we did with out belongings once we had changed.

    For any one who would have used the pool in the mid 50s to the early 60s will remember Polish Joe the pool side attendant. Famous for his reminder to all of washy washy before entering the pool.
    I think once you had swum a length of the pool unaided you were awarded a free pass to use the baths.

    • Lorraine Bancroft O’Neill says:

      I remember well both the clinic at New Islington and the swimming baths
      The clinic dealt with warts varuccas and you would often see kids who had purple or orange heads after being treated for head lice. No respect for feelings back then 🙁
      The pool had hot tubs which we would all try to cram in as the pool was freezing Quite often we shared it with cockroaches Polish Joe would fish them out with a huge net and say” Smacky bum bum “ if we didn’t get out when told to 🙂
      Happy days back then. We had to wear swimming caps which were very tight and uncomfortable. I earned to swim just using white floats no instructors Did 25 Metres known as The length and I got a free pass as Frank said previously !!

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