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The Foundations of the new Wigan Baths 1964
Photo: Colin Harlow
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Item #: 21289
The steel work taking shape on Wigan's international swimming pool in 1964. The work was stopped for several months when an old mine shaft were found on the site of the Pavilion Cinema, which was demolished to make way for the pool.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 15th August 2012 at 13:33

not a hard hat, high viz or barrier in sight - those were the days
Vehicles parked right up close the site as well

Comment by: baker boy on 15th August 2012 at 14:19

i was never in favour of the swimming baths being there,the site was never big enough for an olympic size pool

Comment by: Cyril on 16th August 2012 at 12:17

It was supposedly to be an olympic sized pool baker boy, but due to a schoolboy error by the planners converting imperial to metric it was later found to be three inches too short to allow olympic swimming competitions, so it is not just the modern day council that makes blunders, they've always done so.

Comment by: MikeW on 16th August 2012 at 20:15

That comment seems a bit harsh Cyril. At the time did council employees actualy design and build the pool, or was it all done by outside contractors?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th September 2012 at 04:43

These baths have been demolished and have been replaced by The Healthy Living Zone at Wigan Life Centre.

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