Restoration work announced at historic Bramley Baths

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Work has started on repairing the gable end of historic Bramley Baths. Photo: Bramley Baths

Historic Bramley Baths has announced vital restoration work on part of its Edwardian Grade II Listed building.

The Baths, on Broad Lane, dates back to 1904 and is undertaking restorative and structural work on the west gable end of the building over the coming months.

Baths CEO David Wilford said: “The longevity of our building is of paramount importance to us and our community. All necessary work undertaken will be completed to the highest standard and will further preserve our local asset.

“Please rest assured that the conservation office at Leeds City Council are fully aware and supportive of our endeavours. Furthermore, all work has been carefully planned by consulting with several experts in the field of restorative heritage projects.

“We expect the work to be completed by Easter with minimum disruption to the operation.”

The work includes repairs to the gable end of Bramley Baths.

The Baths last year celebrated a decade since the facility – which houses a swimming pool, modern gym and space for fitness classes – became an independent community led facility following the threat of closure due to local authority budget cuts.

Bramley Baths is the only remaining Edwardian bath-house in Leeds.

It first opened as a pool and public bath-house in 1904 in response to a cholera outbreak, enabling Bramley residents to wash, swim and use the Russian Steam Baths, fashionable with the Edwardians as a healthy pastime. Originally a steel foundry, the building’s chimney can be seen across Leeds.

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