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Victoria Baths, Manchester

Disused swimming pool.


An HDR blend of three images taken with my compact.


Used as a filming location for the ITV drama series Mrs Biggs. The drama Mrs Biggs stars Sheridan Smith as Charmian Biggs, the wife of the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs played by Daniel / Danny Mays.


In an early scene in episode 1 Charmian is seen working in an office whilst Ronnie is seen in an empty swimming pool talking about a girl he met on the train that he was looking forward to seing again. If only he had walked round the corner in Victoria Baths he'd have seen her a lot sooner because both scenes were filmed at the Baths. And here is a shot of the other pool in the building.


Other locations seen in the series were filmed around Manchester's Northern Quarter and can be seen in later episodes disguised as rundown parts of London. Charming.


I also believe from a friend of a friend who saw them filming, that some of the pub scenes were filmed in Manchester's Britons Protection pub on Great Bridgewater Street.


The Victoria Baths have also been used for other TV stuff like Life On Mars.


The Baths are a listed building on Hathersage Road, Chorlton-On-Medlock not far from the "Curry Mile" in Rusholme, Manchester.


It appeared on the BBC's Restoration programme a few years ago and got a fairly sizeable sum to be added to some funds from The National Lottery to help to restore it to its former glory. We've not been for a while but they seem to have made steady progress over the years, but it is far from the finished article, so to speak.


Well worth a visit but please check the opening times as there are only a few days you can gain access.


Part of my "Victoria Baths by davekpcv" set on Flickr.

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Taken on September 2, 2012