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    The old Eurupleasure building in Cornwallis Street


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    Nice one Joe.

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    This is another old building in Cornwallis Street,opposite the Europleasure old building.
    Does anybody know what it was?. It still has the old bell pull on the wall by the entrance,It looks like it could have been a school,
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    Is it not the old salt-water baths, the street had one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Is it not the old salt-water baths, the street had one.
    Could be Ged,with it`s glazed brick material. Cornwalliss Baths was opened in 1851 and closed in 1967,holding Liverpools first swimming gala in 1860.
    This had the unique record of being the only public baths to make a profit.
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    When I first saw it Joe, I thought it was the old National Institute for the Blind Workshops, which was situated on the corner of Cornwallis St/Duke St. that doorway! looked familier, but could have been a few buildings like that in that area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    When I first saw it Joe, I thought it was the old National Institute for the Blind Workshops, which was situated on the corner of Cornwallis St/Duke St. that doorway! looked familier, but could have been a few buildings like that in that area!
    Could be Norm, as that is where the building is
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    I used to go Cornwally baths with my dad in the early 60's, on a saturday morning and then dropped off the Tatler Saturday club (when it wasn't changed for the dirty mac brigade Ged before you start!) pics for Zorro and the 3 Stooges!

    Zorro tied to a raft helpless going over a waterfall (How will he get out of that one?)

    Wait a whole week and see him jump off before it gets the edge!! and all the kids would shout "He went over the bloody thing last week!!"

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    It has been confirmed it is the baths, met a fellow who swam there
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    It has been confirmed it is the baths, met a fellow who swam there
    Cornwallis Street public baths are mentioned in the book The Autobiography of a Liverpool Irish Slummy, by Pat O'Mara, pub. 1933. Quoted below:


    "Jackie almost always could procure money either to go to the Cornwallis Street public baths, managed by Ted Heaton, the Channel swimmer, or the Palais De Luxe Picture House...

    Whenever we had money, Ted Heaton's baths in Cornwallis Street, in lieu of the docks, was our favourite spot. Here all the school speed trials were held; here the swimming team to compete with other swimming teams in the Empire was selected...

    I used to somehow corral twopence (most of the time from Jackie Sanchez) for these baths and stay there as long as my stregth held out. It was a dirty place for dirty boys...

    Next news item: Ted Heaton's baths had been closed in Cornwallis Street and his wife had committed suicide. Seeing my surprise, they explained in detail. Did I remember the dirty water in the baths - the water that had sent me into a decline? Well, a boy had drowned in the pool and it was so dirty that they had to empty the entire pool in order to locate the body. Ted, the famed English Channel swimmer, had been dismissed in disgrace, after which he opened a pub at the bottom of Duke Street. Here, his wife, smarting under the disgrace, had taken poison."


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    I also found this in PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOL. 150 - FEBRUARY 9, 1916

    "Mr. Ted Heaton, a noted Liverpool swimmer, is acting as
    sergeant-instructor to the Royal Fusiliers at Dover, and is expected to
    have them in a short time quite ready for the trenches."


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    I wonder what the pub in Duke Street was called: a swimming, or diving connection maybe?



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