Templemore Baths, Belfast

Here’s a building that’s been part of the East Belfast community since 1893.  It was originally built to facilitate hygiene requirements by the City Corporation, for many of the houses in the terraced streets around the building had only outside toilets, and no bathrooms.  So, the council built the public baths…

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I have passed the building on many, many occasions, but rarely can it be found without cars parked along the front during the daylight hours.  (It sits just off the new ‘Glider’ bus  route along the Albertbridge Road, so I suppose that people park there and ride the Glider into the city centre.)   Today as I passed it was clear, and I just happened to have a camera or two in the car!

These photographs were made using the Fujifilm X-T2, with the Film Simulation Mode set to Acros (monochrome) and recording in Jpeg and RAW – so the Raw files could be processed in colour later, in Lightroom.  The camera was fitted with a 10-24mm wide angle zoom lens.

Here’s some images…

IN THE INTERESTS OF FULL DISCLOSURE – I have a personal interest in this building, for it was in the Templemore Baths that I ‘crigged’ my neck, during a swim in the late 1960’s. (Have you ever crigged yer neck?). I achieved this bt diving in too steeply and seeing the bottom of the pool coming at me quick I bent my neck to back to avoid hitting the bottom, causing muscle strain in the neck that has persisted ever since!  I ‘crigged’ my neck!

The building was scheduled for closure in the early 1980’s but was spared when a voluntary organisation stepped in and rescued the building, saving a landmark that has been a part of East Belfast life for generations.  It is now known as Templemore Swim & Fitness Centre and their website is here: TEMPLEMORE BATHS   

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