Library Street, Wigan5 Comments
Photo: Colin Harlow
Item #: 21288
The then new international swimming baths was opened in 1966, at a cost of £692,000. The doors shut for the last time in 2008.
It didn't last so long then. Shame. I dont remember seeing the foundation stone.
I remember my Grandparents attending this Ceremony, My Grandfather was the Manager of the Baths at the time. In the background (extreme right)you can see the side entrance to the Main original Baths Building which accessed the function room and the living quarters,which was off the yard which led off from Millgate, right opposite the Baths Hotel PH. To the left of that, almost over the Mayors head was the old Laundry at first floor, the boiler rooms were underneath. The photo is taken looking from roughly where the entrance to the pool built in 1964 was before being demolished to make way for the Life Centre. The Car Park at the side of Franco's would be at the photographers back
It would'nt have taken much work to extend the baths by 3 inches surely.
These baths have been demolished and replaced by The Healthy Living Zone at Wigan Life Centre.