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  1. Mineral Springs Bath House The construction of the Mineral Springs Bath House began in 1907. This was in order to bring in more tourism and wealth into the area. The town it was built in was an excellent location to host a bath house, as it was well known for it's rich mineral water sources which was believed to have medicinal properties. During the start of the 20th century mineral baths were a very fashionable and popular leisure activity. It took 3 years to build, with the help of local residents and neighbouring villages. It was finally unveiled with a ceremony in 1911. The materials which were used for the interior were designed in Vienna, France and Belgium and it was the most expensive healing bath in Bulgaria at that current time. Typical to most bath houses, it was separated into two sections, one for the men and another for the women. Both areas accommodated for it's visitors with a large circular pool, changing rooms and 10 bathtubs. The baths also provided central heating facilities, the main parts of the building were kept consistently at 15°C, the changing rooms at 28°C and the baths themselves were 32°C. The bath house was also equip with a clinic, admin offices and a large laundry room. Sadly the Mineral Springs Baths eventually closed in 2001, due to the decline in interest and popularity along with the lack of investment by the local government. Externals Internals If you've got this far, thanks for reading
  2. This is somewhere that has been done to death so I won't bore you all with the history! A complete dump really but seriously one of the most photogenic places I have been to. I quite enjoyed it here, visited the day before and stood watching as 3 teenagers were throwing slates from the roof in to the pool below. Decided to go back the next day. Went back, empty! Had a nice walk around, stood for a minute thinking how beautiful it would have looked in its heydey with tons of swimmers in the pool ad watching from the balconies. A bit dodgy in areas, walked halfway along the right hand side balcony and realised it was sloping towards the main pool. That was nearly a brown trouser moment slowly made my way back to safety. As we were leaving there were 2 girls at the other end of the pool taking pics, they must have been no older than 14, was quite nice. They reminded me of me when I was younger, I imagined they had probably told their mum they were round their mates when really they were in the local derelict playground! They are hopefully the next generation of us. Anyway on with the pics!
  3. Intro I was hoping this would be a lot better than it was... Wasn't going to put up a report either but after a request and the realization that it hadn't been properly documented by anyone else to my knowledge, I changed my mind. Plus it may raise some more awareness for the place. It's trashed and derp. In better condition this would've been a lot nicer. Ah well, enjoy! History Ladywell Baths were erected in 1884 to the designs of Wilson & Son and Thomas Aldwinkle, the latter a local architect who designed several bath houses of note. The builders were Hobbs of Croydon. The Ladywell Baths were built at a cost of £9,000 on a site procured by the vicar of the adjacent St Mary's Church. At the time, a local paper commented on the juxtaposition of church and baths that 'cleanliness was next to Godliness'. The site was chosen as it is on the main road into Ladywell from Brockley, Catford, Lewisham and Hither Green. Local vestries were first permitted to levy a rate for baths and washhouses under an Act of 1846. Largely concerned with the hygiene of the lower classes, however, the Act only permitted slipper baths, laundries and open-air pools until an amendment in 1878 encouraged the building of covered swimming baths. Few authorities adopted the Act before the 1890s, when baths began to flourish. Lewisham Vestry, however, was notably progressive and appointed seven Commissioners in 1882, whose aims was to obtain funds and land to build two swimming pools at Ladywell and Forest Hill. By 1900 public baths were not only being built in large numbers, but also with increasing elaboration. On 25 April 1885, the baths were opened by Viscount Lewisham, MP, who remarked that aside from the Paddington Baths (which do not survive), 'there were no others in London of that size'. The Forest Hill baths were opened the following week. The ceremony was reported in the Kentish Mercury of 1 May 1885, which described the baths as 'quite an ornament to the neighbourhood, standing in striking contrast to the ancient church behind it'. The charges for use were 6d for the first class pool and 2d for the second class. On two days a week the pools were reserved for ladies bathing. SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Ladywell Baths were erected in 1884 to the designs of Wilson & Son and Thomas Aldwinkle, architects known for their municipal baths, and are one of the earliest surviving public baths in the capital, built shortly after the 1878 amendment to the Baths and Washhouses Act, when vestries could raise rates to build pools, for which it has special historic interest. The building also has special architectural interest for the imposing façade to Ladywell Road, an attractive design in the muscular Gothic style, and the former first class pool interior. There are characterful details in the turret-like sections flanking the pool hall and the oriel window in the tower. The tower is distinctive, although the loss of the conical roof is regrettable. The building also has group value as a significant component of a complex of late C19 municipal buildings which are all of architectural quality. 2010 saw the ladywell baths and playtower get 24 hour security and £400,000 spent to keep it from deteriorating, this clearly didn't work. (https://maxink.wordpress.com/tag/playtower/) Later on some work took place seeing the balcony practically ripped off the sides and some heras and work lights get thrown about inside to presumably stop people falling through the floor. Graffitti riddles the building and sometime later in it's life a fire destroyed the back hall. Future Planning permission has been submitted: http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/documents/s25137/04%20Future%20of%20the%20former%20Ladywell%20leisure%20centre%20site%20311013.pdf But presumably nothing has come of it, the building has been suggested for temporary housing whilst more is built in the area, but locals have had a few things to say about that claiming "temporary" is never temporary. Until something happens, it'll sit and rot. My visit I had some spare time and had seen this in the past but forgot about it, MrWhite reminded me the other day and I thought why not? (Cheers by the way) Not really worth the effort to be honest! Enjoy none the less. Pictures Pow
  4. Visited with Obscurity,Spaceinvader,UrbanGinger,and 2 non members After such a long break since the last time we visited and it being sealed ,then Blatantly ripped open and then sealed tight this place has been off the circuit of explore,so after a lot of recce and planning a way in was found although it very public and risky, off we went to crack on,thos of you who have visited will know the baths are tidal so with that in mind the first visit was a short one due to the "old" way used to get into the rest of the areas via the old smugglers tunnels being a tad destroyed and collapsed.2nd visit was sorted and the rest of the place was explored only missing a few bits here and there due to the rather non existent routes Brief history of which there is much HISTORY The complex of buildings on the site are of two distinct phases: an early-C19 sea bathing establishment, dating from 1824, called the Clifton Baths; and a C20 lido, dating from 1926, called the Cliftonville Lido from 1938. The structures are on four levels, the lower levels excavated from the chalk cliffs and only the upper level, on the landward side, above ground level. More to be found here Margate Architecture: Clifonville Baths granted listed status On with the pics Echoes nightclub A few from Hades where the raves all happened a long time ago now Price list would be a dream in this day and age The underground Harbour and then down a level Below echoes Club Into the changing rooms which is generaly a tad of a paddle about Up in the main hall area The not so grand hall,when i visited 3 years ago it was full of the rotten contents of the hall,stage,chairs the lot all gone Thanks for putting up with so many images which arent my best, but last time i was here i used a very old nokia mobile fone and that report is long gone!!
  5. Took a trip down to the Durham swimming baths a couple of months ago with a non forum member. Seems the asbestos was stripped out in 2008 after it had closed and has been left to rot ever since. It's clearly in bad shape and a frequent hang out for graffiti artists and UrbExers. It's been reported loads before so I wont bore you with too many pics. Obligatory fire hose shot
  6. did this while in the area back in june 2012, an easy explore that was stripped but still not a bad wander. there where lockers in but the pikey's have had all of them away! from pictures ive seen there where loads! history stolen form elsewhere:- This is the youngest colliery in the neighbourhood, having commenced operations for the Ashington Coal Co. Ltd. in 1934. The shafts, which are situated comparatively near to the coast, are two in number, and both were sunk to the High Main seam level, which is 486 ft. from the surface. The downcast (No. 1) is 18 ft. in diameter and is used for coal-raising on two shifts per day, and the upcast, which has a diameter of 15 ft., is used for ventilation and emergency manriding only. The seams being worked are the High Main, the Diamond, the Main, and the Yard. Each of these seams shows practically the same nature of roof and floor as throughout the two neighbouring collieries and the distance between the seams is also comparable. They are, of course, found at slightly greater depths at Lynemouth, the Yard seam, for example, being 660 ft. below the surface near to the shafts, as compared with some 300 ft. at Ellington. Pithead baths in Modern Movement style. 1938 by FG Frizzell. Vacant for 19 years and subject to vandalism. Future of the overall site continues to be in doubt, particularly since closure of associated Ellington Colliery in January 2005. off the roof
  7. This was another one of those explores for me that had fond memories attached to it, This place was most recently used as a Motor Museum which was closed back in 2006, In my child hood my Gran used to take me here from time to time the place still smels exactly as it did back then, funny how old oil lingers for ever !, History more than covered by Wevsky In his Report viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1959 Visited with Space Invader, Morgan, Obscurity & Vickie, So on with the Pics ! Good Explore this, Shame its all buttoned up tight again !
  8. visited with morgan ... the West Cliff Concert Hall, once the venue for top artists which included the Rolling Stones who played here in the early 1960’s. More recently it was the home of Ramsgate Motor Museum, Before the West Cliff Hall was constructed in 1914, the site was an Italian Garden, complete with a bandstand. To make room for the new hall, the Windmill Parade chalk was literally dug out by hand. If you look towards the cliff edge you’ll see some stone balustrades protruding onto the promenade. These marked the entrance to underground public toilets which still exist below the asphalt.Across the road is the Churchill Tavern. Formerly this was the site of the Isabella or Kent baths which were built in 1817. In 1862 new baths were built in the cliff face across the road and were known as Royal Paragon Baths. All remaining signs of the Paragon Baths disappeared following a cliff collapse... on with the pics... Royal paragon baths ... Thanks for looking