Victorian swimming pools: Going down the drain?

No. 22 July 2006 Public swimming pools are a threatened species. By the Government's own estimate, swimming pools owned by local authorities need maintenance costing something like £500 million. Local authorities' preferred method of dealing with this problem is to close them. The London Pools Campaign tells us that, every year, one London swimming pool closes and is not replaced. It seems odd that, in the lead up to the Olympics, local swimming pool provision is shrinking.

Great pools of splendour Ian Gordon outlines the history of the swimming pool in Britain, from plunge baths to leisure pools

Victoria Baths: From community campaign to TV stardom Gill Wright, project manager of the Victoria Baths trust, tells the story of saving and restoring these famous baths

Victorian and Edwardian pools nationwide - the state they're in A round up

Beside the seaside Kathryn Ferry looks at why we should cherish our Victorian seaside heritage

House notes edited by Kit Wedd