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Hornsey Road Baths and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Finsbury Park, Islington

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Latitude: 51.5614 / 51°33'41"N

Longitude: -0.1158 / 0°6'56"W

OS Eastings: 530704

OS Northings: 186406

OS Grid: TQ307864

Mapcode National: GBR FP.CGW

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.Y04V

Plus Code: 9C3XHV6M+HM

Entry Name: Hornsey Road Baths and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207574

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369027

Location: Finsbury Park, Islington, London, N7

County: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Finsbury Park

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mark Tollington Park

Church of England Diocese: London

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635-1/22/515 (East side)
Hornsey Road Baths and attached


Public baths and wash house. Dated 1892 on the foundation
stone. Designed by A. Hessell Tiltman and built by Macfarlane
Bros. Red brick laid in English bond with dressings of cut and
moulded brick and of stone; roof of Welsh slate. Three and
five storeys over basement, nine-window range. Queen Anne
style. A tall, partly gabled wing to right over entrance
arcade; three-storey wing to left, partly under a parapet and
partly under a gable; wash house wing runs back from the
three-storey wing. The entrance consists of a four-centred
carriage arch flanked by round-arched pedestrian entrances,
all three running through to the yard behind; they have
pilasters, archivolts, keystones and intricately cut heraldic
beasts carrying coats of arms to either side; oculus with
scrolled consoles to right over foundation stone; cornice over
frieze, probably of stone, with incised lettering 'PUBLIC
BATHS AND WASH HOUSES'; the frieze incorporates the belly of a
three-storey canted oriel with flat-arched windows with
architraves and pediments to first floor, the oriel set in a
round-arched recess under the gable; other windows in this
wing are flat-arched with moulded brick architraves, those to
the first floor under floating pediments; cornice over the
second floor with lettering 'PARISH OF ST MARY ISLINGTON';
brick sill bands; keyed oculus and cornice to third floor;
clock tower to right of gable with brick pilasters, dentil
cornice, scrolled pediment, ogee roof of lead and arcaded
The three-storey wing has flat-arched windows throughout,
those to the ground floor in moulded brick architraves, with
scrolled pediment clasping enlarged double keystone in gauged
brick; first-floor windows have eared brick architraves;
second-floor windows without architraves but the three
northernmost have panelled pilasters between; modillion
cornice; gable over these windows with coat of arms in
elaborate foliage surround of cut and moulded brick, parapet
over the rest; rear elevation detailed in a similar way with
flat-arched windows in moulded brick architraves and keyed
oculi to tower bay. Wash house wing to north of yard with
round-arched entrance with Gibbs surround under entablature
and pediment lettered 'WASH HOUSE'; flat-arched windows with
moulded brick architraves and aprons with double ogee profile.
Area railings with decorative panels; iron gates with
spearhead railings and scrollwork. Wing to east c.1965. There
is a remarkable neon Diving Lady on the South flank elevation,
one of 12 such illuminated features placed on swimming pools
and lidos in London in the 1930's and now believed to be the
only survivor.

Listing NGR: TQ3070486406

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