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The Victorian Society declares Manningham Pool a heritage crime scene

The Victorian Society protests at the closure of Manningham Baths as the Grade II-listed Edwardian pool finally closes its doors to swimmers.

    Give Manningham Pool one last chance!

    That’s the plea from the Victorian Society in response to Bradford City Council’s announcement that Manningham Pool will close on Friday 8th July.

      Tell Bradford Council why the pool must stay open!

      The Victorian Society is calling on people to write to the leader of Bradford Council to explain why Manningham Pool is important to them.

        Saturday free for all at threatened Bradford pool

        Swimmers will have the opportunity to step back in time on Saturday at Bradford's historic Manningham pool when the Victorian Society offers them a chance to swim for free.

          Historic London pool restored

          Camberwell Baths in south London will officially re-open to the public this Saturday after the completion of the first stage of a £4.7 million restoration project.

            Council urged not to close historic Bradford pool

            Councillors in Bradford must vote to keep the city’s listed Edwardian swimming pool in use, according to the Victorian Society.

              Former Moseley School of Art, Moseley Road, Birmingham

              Distinguished building in the process of steady decay

                Normansfield Hospital, Kingston Road, Teddington, Middlesex

                Impressive private sanitorium in increasingly poor condition

                  The Grimsby Ice Factory, Gorton Street, The Docks, Grimsby

                  Key building from fishing's past derelict and at risk

                    Bradgate House Stables, Bradgate Hill, Groby, Leicestershire

                    Striking survival from a previous age in disastrous condition

                      30 Euston Square, London

                      Partly restored Neo-Grecian beauty under renewed threat from HS2

                        The Unitarian Chapel, Upper Brook Street, Manchester

                        An early Pugin chapel, roofless since 2005

                          Old Fire Station, Court Road, Barry, South Wales

                          Edwardian fire station in an appalling state

                            Former Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

                            Important historic building needing repair and a new use

                              Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphanage, Newsham Park, Tuebrook, Liverpool

                              Majestic building suffering badly from rot and neglect

                                Council urged not to close historic Staffordshire pool

                                England’s oldest listed public swimming pool in which it is still possible to swim is at risk of closure under plans proposed by Stoke-on-Trent Council.

                                  Grand finale of 1000 Year Swim

                                  Last week Dr Ian Dungavell successfully completed his challenge to visit all of the listed Victorian and Edwardian pools still open for public swimming in England and swim a lap for every year each of the buildings has been standing. His last port of call was Dulwich Leisure Centre in South London.

                                    Why the 1000 year swim?

                                    Heritage swimming pools offer people a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in living history. With only 14 out of more than 50 listed Victorian and Edwardian pools still open for public use, we need to work hard to make sure no more of our historic pools go down the drain.

                                      When? It’s all over!

                                      Ian began his challenge, which amounted to a total of 1543 lengths or just over 22 miles, at Bramley Baths in West Yorkshire on Thursday 24 July 2008. Over the following 36 days, he visited all 14 listed Victorian and Edwardian public swimming pools in England and swam a length for every year each pool has been open.

                                        What people have been saying about the 1000 year swim challenge

                                        The 1000 year swim challenge has really captured people's imagination. Wherever I have swum, local people have thought it a great idea, and local media have turned out to cover the occasion. Here is some what can be seen on the internet.

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