Keys to the Past

Durham Baths (Durham City)

Durham Baths (original photo (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007
Durham Baths (original photo (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007

Small Pool, Durham Baths (original photos (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007
Small Pool, Durham Baths (original photos (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007

Main pool looking south from gallery, Durham Baths (original photo (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007
Main pool looking south from gallery, Durham Baths (original photo (c) ASUD) © DCC 2007

Site of swimming pool built in the 1930s. The previous Baths building by the 1920s was dilapidated, old-fashioned and inconvenient. A baths and public wash-house building is seen at this location on the first edition Ordnance Survey map (around 1860). The City Council made use of Government aid to construct a new building providing public swimming pools, slipper baths and washhouses. It was anticipated that the new baths would be a great asset to the city, and that swimming would consequently appear on the school curriculum at the New Central School. (1)

By the 1970s four more buildings had been built on the site. These included a clubhouse to the south of the Baths and a electrical substation to the east (2)

Reference number:D15802
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
20th Century (1901 to 2000)
Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
Event(s):Desk-Based Assessment of Buildings at Elvet Waterside, Durham 2007; Archaeological Services Durham University



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Durham City


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