Bathe your eyes

Pool 1 (First Class mens) by editorialgirl on Flickr

Pool 1 (First Class mens) by editorialgirl on Flickr

Beautiful set of pics from inside Moseley Road Baths from this weekend’s Birmingham Flickr meet. They’re the work of Emma Jones,  who has certainly developed an attachment to the building:

it’s in a dreadful state. There seem to be a lot of little things that could be done to save disaster in the future, but it’s almost as if they’re letting it run down on purpose.

For example, there’s a pinhole leak in a water pipe above the unused pool. All it would take to fix it is a stepladder (it’s not very high at all) and some epoxy tape (or even a bit of rubber and a pipe clamp, which would last a few years)… but no.

Instead, this tiny leak has already rusted all the metal in the seats and railings on the two stands below it, decayed all the plastic and rubber on the two floors – and is presumably therefore destabilising the structure underneath.

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths are having another fundraiser on the 14th Aug — and the old place can certainly do with the love.

1 comment for “Bathe your eyes

  1. rachelgillies
    11 August 2009 at 10:53 am


    Well done all for getting such smashing photos, it's really crucial that we can document the history of the building. We've just put in a bid for funding for a proper history project, and as such we'll be on the lookout for anyone who would like to contribute their photos to our exhibition/book/teaching resource. If this is you then drop a line to Put Flickr Meet in the title so we can keep a list of people who want to be involved. Hopefully is just the start of what we can do…

    On top of that, many of you will notice the poor maintenance of the building. SHOUT up about it!!! We have all of these photos which illustrate criminal neglect of this lovely Edwardian building (sorry for those on the Flickr group who said it was Victorian – it's not!). At the same time we have a local by-election and next month motions will be put forward at Council meetings to discuss the future of Moseley Road Baths and Sparkhill Baths. Contact your councillors and council officers to get them to commit to investing in this building and getting both pools up and running!

    Rachel Gillies (@RachelGillies)

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