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Derby Street Baths

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 7:41 am
Anyone who has any old photos of Derby Street Baths can they post them please

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 5:19 pm
by gazza
.....oxtail soup................... :wink:

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 5:36 pm
by Pilot
Who's this new poster gazza, sounds a bit mad like. :wink:

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 5:42 pm
by Pilot
Simonside Hall, I have some old gazette cuttings relating to Derby Street baths, with a few pictures but being cuttings from the paper they are not good quality, I will post them if you want.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:17 pm
Thanks Pilot that would be appreciated

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:24 pm
by Pilot

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:25 pm
by Pilot

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:26 pm
by Pilot

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:29 pm
by Pilot
Simonside Hall, when the last pic says 40 or 50 years ago remember the cutting could be up to twenty years old, so the picture could be as old as 1930s or 40s.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 7:03 pm
by StottieCake
I remember using those torso-shaped cages to hang your clothes up, the freezing cold foot-bath on your way in and the "brand-new invention" vending machine to get a cup of oxo afterwards.

The houses on Derby street were about to be demolished (in the late 1960's I think). We used to explore the crumbling homes and some of the corner shops were still open for us to spend the rest of our pocket money.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 2:04 pm
by urfa
I remember the derby street baths, when we came out there was a wafer biscuit factory just passed the railway bridge, you held your towel open across your forarms and they would put a whole lod of broken biscuits in for a penny.
I could go on but my story's would fill a book, take care

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 2:13 pm
by Pilot
From the age of 16 I lived in digs in Stanhope Road, the house had no bathroom, just a netty at the bottom of the yard, I used to queue with the down and outs for a bath at Derby Street, you were given a towel that stunk of bleach and a small bar of cheap soap. there was a corridor full of bathrooms, the baths were huge and ancient but there was endless hot water, the experience learnt me to appreciate my now daily morning and evening shower. :shock:

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:49 pm
by cushy butterfield
Right opposite the Baths was a Catholic school. It had its playground up on the roof. I went there for a few months (even though not Catholic) when I lived with my Nana who lived in Robertson Street.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:53 pm
by gag
I remember going there for swimming lessons with the school. I used to love swimming in those days but havent done any for years as I find it really boring.


Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:45 pm
by memor
I remember going there also with school for swimming lessons.

We had this daft kid called speccy bob who was only kid good at religous knowledge.

He in awe of big expanse of water and so filled up with God and the bible decided he could walk on water and proceeded to cross at the deep end.

It amazing how even in those days before Kiss of life they were able to revive him.

Although lots of fun we all miffed at swimming lesson wasted.

We waited till next time and held his head under the water till teacher catch us.
He okay but he never go on swimming lessons again. I not sure who got best deal out of all that as pool was bloomin freezing.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:49 pm
by sless
we had a swimming instructor
im sure he would be jailed for what he did all them years ago
im not saying his name but it started with mr M

nasty man

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:51 pm
by memor
What he do ??

Not a kiddy fiddler ??

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:53 pm
by sless
well he didnt fiddle wiith me
but he carried a bit of hose pipe around and used to like hitting people with it
i would have loved to have met him when i grew up
i would have knocked 7 bells out of him

but the grim reaper got him 1st

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 11:02 pm
by baldy.smith
I know who you mean sless but I always got on great with him. Never saw him with any hose or the likes. He was a very popular man in my era and was a great instructor.
It has been said on these boards before that he was a nast bity of work and used the hose. I'm beginning to wonder if it's the same person as I'm pretty sure the one I know would probably have been retired by the time you started going to the baths. Either that or he had a personality transplant.


Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 11:05 pm
by sless
ive sent you a pm