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Glasgow baths club’s elevated to A-list status

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February 24 2014

Glasgow baths club’s elevated to A-list status
Two Glasgow bath clubs have had their listings upgraded from B to A-list by Historic Scotland in recognition of their national importance.

Arlington Baths Club and Western Baths Club were both built in the 1870s, providing bathing and health facilities for members through to the present day as non-profit enterprises.

Elizabeth McCrone, Historic Scotland's head of listing, said: "Both Arlington and Western Baths Clubs are outstanding examples of 19th century swimming pool architecture and they have retained their special character while continuing to delight their members today.

"In changing their category of listing from B to A we are recognising their significance as buildings of national importance and they tell us much about the development of private swimming baths during this period."

Arlington was opened in 1871 to designs by John Burnet in the Woodlands area of the city, undergoing an extensive lottery funded makeover in 2000. Its sister club was established five years later in Hillhead to designs by Clarke and Bell.

3 Comments

SJF
#1 Posted by SJF on 24 Feb 2014 at 14:24 PM
As we have seen with the Linoleum Factory in Kirkcaldy this week, this news makes absolutely no difference in its status or protection.
Thomas Hamilton
#2 Posted by Thomas Hamilton on 25 Feb 2014 at 11:39 AM
This is great news for the Arlington Baths, as a member its good to know our club is held in such high regard! The Arlington has a unique history and an extensive archive of material relating to the club is held at the Mitchell Library.
Stephen
#3 Posted by Stephen on 25 Feb 2014 at 11:52 AM
Hmm, maybe Thomas, but the costs of some much needed refurbishment has just gone up! Hopefully some extra funding will now be available though.

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