Chester City Baths

Name: Chester City Baths
Location: Chester
Current status: Open
Date built: 1901
Architect: John Douglas
Listed building status: Grade II
Lead organisation: Chester Swimming Association

A striking mock Tudor building, located in the centre of Chester, and constructed in red brick with stone dressings and black and white decoration to the upper storey.

Poolside changing cubicles have been retained and the larger pool has a balcony with seating for spectators.

Two pools (23m and 18.5m), and a social area with a projector and screen that can be used for lectures and presentations. There is a gymnasium, but it currently requires development.

Notable facts
The building was opened in September 1901 to replace a ‘Floating Baths’; a pontoon moored on the River Dee. The larger pool is called ‘Atlantic’ and the smaller pool ‘Pacific’. The first floor once contained living quarters for the superintendent and matron.

Whilst still owned by Chester City Council, the Baths has been run by Chester Swimming Association since 1977. It is very well used by clubs and is home to Chester Swimming Club, Chester Triathlon Club, Chester Water Polo Club and Chester Sub-Aqua Club.

The baths were designed by Harold Burgess and John Douglas, the latter being the favourite architect of the Marquess of Westminster; owner of the Grosvenor Estate. John Douglas designed many other ‘Tudorbethan’ buildings in and around Chester.

Current plans
Extensive renovations were carried out in 2014-15 including roof repairs and modernisation of the pool plant.

Chester Swimming Association will continue to provide extensive pool time for swimming teaching and club use alongside public swimming and use by various schools. The Association is grateful for the financial support it receives from Chester City Council.


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Postcode: CH1 1QP

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