News from Played in Britain
Sporting heritage at risk
November 3 2011
A rare example of an 18th century racecourse grandstand, ten former or current public swimming baths, including two outdoor pools, and two pubs with sporting connections are among a number of sports-related buildings on the 2012 Heritage at Risk Register, recently published by English Heritage.
The Register reveals there are around 5,800 Grade I and II* buildings nationally and Grade II buildings in London, monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes, battlefields, protected wrecks, places of worship and conservation areas at risk on the Register.
This total does not include Grade II listed buildings outside London, which are not currently assessed.
The full list of sports-related buildings at risk is as follows:
Old Grandstand, Richmond, Yorkshire – Grade II*
The racecourse was closed in the late 19th century and the grandstand became derelict.
Brentford Baths, Hounslow – Grade II
Public baths and swimming pool dating from 1895, closed in 1990.
Former public baths, Collier Street, Salford – Grade II*
Former baths built in 1855, later used as a warehouse.
Haggerston Baths, Hackney – Grade II
Public baths and swimming pool dating from 1904, closed in 2000.
Hugh Mason House, Ashton-under-Lyne – Grade II*
Former public swimming baths built in 1870.
Old Swimming Baths, Ladywell Road, Lewisham – Grade II
Former public baths built in 1884, closed c.2006.
Public swimming baths, Moseley, Birmingham – Grade II*
Opened 1907, still in use but in need of restoration.
Poplar Baths, Tower Hamlets – Grade II
Opened 1934, closed 1988 but plans to refurbish for swimming and sports centre.
Victoria Baths, Manchester – Grade II*
Opened 1906, closed 1993, partial renovation 2008.
Cleveland Baths, Bath – Grade II*
Dating from 1815, closed. Believed to be oldest public outdoor pools in England.
Saltdean Lido, Saltdean – Grade II*
Opened 1938, in use for swimming but in poor condition.
Spotted Dog, Newham – Grade II
Pub (closed) dating from the 16th century, ground behind home to Clapton FC since 1888.
Crocker’s Folly, St John’s Wood – Grade II*
Pub (closed) dating from 1899 with a large, ornately decorated billiard room.
Riding School, The Durdans, Epsom – Grade II*
Covered riding school dating from 1881.
The Riding School, Wolfeton Manor, Charminster – Grade II*
Late 16th century, one of the oldest surviving riding schools in England.