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Victoria Baths with Attached Forecourt Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ardwick, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4601 / 53°27'36"N

Longitude: -2.2164 / 2°12'59"W

OS Eastings: 385725

OS Northings: 395951

OS Grid: SJ857959

Mapcode National: GBR DQQ.QM

Mapcode Global: WHB9N.X9Q7

Plus Code: 9C5VFQ6M+2C

Entry Name: Victoria Baths with Attached Forecourt Walls

Listing Date: 18 January 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200808

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388171

Location: Ardwick, Manchester, M13

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Ardwick

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Victoria Park St Chrysostom

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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698-1/22/731 (North side)
18/01/83 Victoria Baths with attached
forecourt walls


Public baths. 1906. Red brick with buff terracotta dressings,
steeply-pitched slate roofs with glass skylights. Large
rectangular plan formed by an entrance range parallel to the
street with 3 parallel bath halls to the rear. Eclectic style
combining Jacobean and Baroque elements. Two-and-a-half storey
main range with single-storey wings and 2-storey bath halls,
with basements. The entrance block is a symmetrical 5-bay
composition, with 3:2:1:2:3 windows, the centre and end bays
breaking forwards slightly and steeply gabled, and flanked by
single-storey 3-window side wings on the same axis, all
stridently banded, and with tourelles to the gabled outer
bays, swan-neck pediments to the apex of the gables, banded
chimneys, and a large clock turret on the centre of the roof.
The centre has a canted bay at ground floor with
mullion-and-transom windows and a parapet with moulded
terracotta panel, but all other ground floor openings are
round-headed with keyed terracotta surrounds, including a
doorway with Ionic shafts in the centre of each of the
3-window end bays, and a similar doorway in the centre of the
side wing to the right (with terracotta panel above lettered
"FEMALES"). The 1st floor has cross-windows and a 6-light
mullion-and-transom window in the centre, all with keystones
over each light and low swan-neck pediments. The attic has
Venetian-style 3-light windows in the outer gables, a single
round-headed window in the centre, and segmental-pedimented
dormers between these. The domed clock-turret is mounted on a
mansard with balustraded parapet. Rectangular forecourt
enclosed by wall which has 3 gateways with wrought-iron gates,
and square piers at regular intervals with pedestals of former
urns. Left return wall in similar but simpler style, with 5
gables; right-hand return wall with blank arcade. Interior:
principal entrance hall in left wing, with 2-bay screen and
staircase of dark green glazed terracotta in Baroque style;
all pools galleried on 3 sides, No.1 Pool with Art Nouveau
railings, Nos 1 and 3 Pools with original changing cubicles
beneath the galleries but No.2 Pool altered as sports hall;
blank arcaded side walls, Venetian windows in the gable walls;
Turkish Baths at east end of front range.

Listing NGR: SJ8572595951

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