Following the post about Hyde Baths the other day, here is a photo sent in to us by Eric Downs.
It shows the inside of the "Big Pool".
Also the British Restaurant post evoked this response from Ken Smith !!
"My great uncle, Jimmy Oakes, was fireman/laundryman at Hyde baths for about thirty years.
His job included the shovelling of all coal delivered and dumped up the side of the building down into the boiler room where he was responsible for all the stoking and maintenance of the huge 'Lancashire' boiler including the annual flue-cleaning when, once the boiler had cooled, he had to crawl along the now empty fire duct to bring down and clear all the accumulation of soot. He was also responsible for the laundry where all hired towels and swimming costumes were washed and dried and for making the soap which was used in the public baths.
He was responsible for topping up and servicing the filters and pumps necessary for maintaining water quality and swept the Ladies and Men's plunges to remove dirt and dust that had settled to the bottom.
He carried out regular inspection of all the piping within the subterranean tunnels under the baths and was aided in all of this by just one assistant!
I wonder how many takers there would now be for that job should it be advertised?
As a youngster, I used to walk with him to work at 6.00AM and swim in the men's plunge in total isolation before I went off to do my morning paper round - happy days! I also used to eat with him in the British Restaurant, which was just about his only 'perk' apart from me getting in for free!
PS: The attachment is my Mother's swimming pass for the year 1930!"
Many Thanks, Eric and Ken !! :)