There was a discussion today with lots of callers on the Roger Phillips phone in regarding Liverpool's lost open air baths with people recalling Burlington st, Mansfield St, Bootle etc with side issues concerning other open water bathing such as the scaldies down by Tate & Lyle in the canal or up by the tar works in Litherland.
Of course New Brighton was mentioned and I also remember rock ferry.
There was also of course Cornwallis street salt water baths but this was enclosed. I notice there are also threads about Crosby baths and Garston baths already existing here.
Here are some from the port cities site.
Park Road Open-air Baths?
I'm puzzled by those photos.
Steble Street is now called Park Road Sports Centre, but the Baths weren't open-air.
There were open-air baths in Gore Street (opened in 1898), but they were near Mill Street, and I don't think they would have looked as 'modern' as the second photo, or so 'rural'.
Last edited by PhilipG; 02-22-2008 at 03:15 PM.
Steble street baths. This is where I learnt my kids to swim. It was where they went with the school so it was known to them and so easier and the water also started at ankle deep leading down to 3 or 4 feet whereas my local ones then at Everton Park were 3ft to 6ft. It was a saturday morning ritual in the early 1990s and then a quick nip to Sayers on Park Road for my sausage rolls and cakes - Mmmm.
steble st pic
dont know if i have answered this
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Steble Street ! oh what memeories....its where our school St Silas took us in an attempt to teach us to swim, the changing rooms where all around the pool, boys on one side girls on the other, it seemed such a long walk especially in the cold weather when you came out of the baths into the cold and we all had wet hair !.
I also went to the Wash house with my Nan, I remember the smells,a mixture of soap, bleach etc , the steam and more so the lovely toast afterwards never tasted anything so good !.
There was also private baths where you paid (sixpence I think) and you where given a huge "plug" so you could enjoy a soak in a proper bath, instead of the old tin one, that was brought into the kitchen once a week filled with water and one after the other the whole family would use !!
New Brighton baths on a day out during school holidays myself and 2 of my brothers I am far right my uncle used to take the boys one day and then the girls the next This was in 1963 if memory serves would you beleive the same yearof one of our worst winters!!
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