July 2008 news
Wednesday 30 July 2008: Camberwell Baths is apparently the earliest surviving public baths (1891) by Henry Spalding and Alfred WS Cross who came to specialise in this building type.
Monday 28 July 2008: Beverley Road Baths is an impressive monument to turn-of-the-century civic pride. A central square tower topped by an octagonal cupola marks out the entrance, and another smaller cupola with a copper dome turns the corner into Epworth Street. To the right, the gabled end of the pool hall, decorated with a Palladian window. This is a baths complex which wants to be noticed!
Friday 25 July 2008: Well, this was a great start to the 1000 year swim! There has been so much interest in the event from national and local media, and people are keen to tell me about why this pool matters to them. Bramley Baths is the last open survivor of eight pools built by Leeds City Council from 1899-1900, and I could see as soon as I got there why it has been listed.
Tuesday 15 July 2008: A Victorian school in Brent has been proposed for listing as a building of national importance by the Victorian Society, the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.
Tuesday 1 July 2008: Plans to demolish an Edwardian Methodist church in the Higham Ferrers Conservation Area near Rushden have been criticised as contravening both local and national planning policy by the Victorian Society.