1919 – Public Baths, Five Lane Ends, Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire

Architect: William Williamson


Perhaps never constructed, but the site suggested is now in use for residential buildings. Published in The Building News, January 15 1919: “These baths are to be erected on a site at the angle of Highfield Road and Bradford Road, Idle. The building consists of a bath hall, with pond 75 ft. x 30 ft., the recognised standard size for championship events. Dressing-boxes are provided, together with cubicles for attendants. Separate entrances for men and women and six slipper baths and ten douche baths for each sex, together with the usual sanitary offices and separate waitingrooms, are also provided. Accommodation is included for a district school clinic, comprising a consultation room adjoining a private room for the doctor, with the sanitary accommodation. The angle furnishes a tramway shelter at the junction of the two roads. Three lock-up shops facing Bradford Road and also facing Higfield Road. The plan shows how compactly and well these provisions have been arranged.


The buildings are faced with local wallstones and ashlar dressings. The roofs covered with Burlington blue slates, and the lantern light constructed of wood, with patent glazing. The fiat roofs will be covered with reinforced concrete and asphalted. The tower provides accommodation for water storage. The internal walls of the swimming-bath hall faced with white glazed bricks with coloured bands. The pond of reinforced concrete lined with white glazed bricks, and a subway round the pond for the various service pipes. The floors finished with terrazzo paving. The designs have been prepared by the city architect, Mr. W. Williamson, Licentiate R.I.B.A.. and the work was deferred owing to the war. “

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