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Old Baths Wigan
Started by: ED136 (2) Report abuse
Would like to know the year the Old Baths were built and any details, particularly of the private baths and how many there were. Old planning applications were often destroyed for space saving. Did Wigan Council do copying saving on microfiche or whatever? Who best to contact?

Posted by: mygriffiths (1140) Report abuse
From https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol4/pp68-78

The corporation have acquired or inaugurated a number of works and institutions for the health and convenience of the people. The first Wigan Water Act was passed in 1764; the waterworks were purchased by the corporation in 1855; the gasworks, established in 1822, were acquired in 1875; and the tramways, opened in 1880, in 1902. An electricpower station was erected in 1900, and the following year the corporation electric tramways started running. The Mesnes Park was opened in 1878, the sewerage works in 1881, public baths in 1882, and a sanatorium in 1889. Victoria Hall was built in 1902. The cemetery was established in 1856.

ON THIS DAY, 29th May
Wigan Public Baths opened by mayor, Mr. Hopwood.

Posted by: ED136 (2) Report abuse
Many thanks mygriffiths. So useful to learn of this source which shows what else was going on at the time the baths opened.
I was a baths attendant - student summer job - 1961. Trying to put some memories into context.

Posted by: mygriffiths (1140) Report abuse
I hope you can find the other information you are looking for.

Posted by: dougie (3828)   Report abuse
--Your link here if anyone would like to look--

Posted by: jacks (335)  Report abuse
A wealth of information there Dougie.


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