Sunday, 13 April 2014

Vintage fair at Victoria Baths

A five minute walk off Manchester's Oxford Road is the beautiful former swimming pool, Victoria Baths.

Opened in 1906 and described as a water palace, it's a far cry from modern pools. Glossy tiles line the stairways and halls, and grand glass ceilings and huge stained glass windows make it really bright and airy. Wandering around looking at the cute fish mosaics, not-very-private changing stalls, Turkish baths, and the caretaker's rooms make for a really fun afternoon.

The place was partially restored back in 2003, and there is a campaign for the baths to be reopened fully. It really would be a lovely place to swim.

The pools themselves are currently empty, with kids running about in two of them, while the third is floored over. On this particular Sunday there was a great vintage home fair in this room, so I was in my element. There were loads of stalls to look round, and we came away with a little clock, an expanding sewing box, and a wooden letterpress block. I just wish I had space in the flat for some more furniture!