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Wigan Baths
Photo: John Brown
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Item #: 21831
Wigan baths, 2004, demolished recently to make way for the Wigan Life Centre.

Comment by: Mark Chapman on 9th November 2012 at 00:45

I for one loved this place & the people of Wigan are poorer for losing it, thanks for posting John

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 9th November 2012 at 02:01

We had swimming lessons here through our school. Didn't fair too well, but made up for it in the Aussie ocean!!!! Hope the life centre has a nice new pool!! Cheers!!

Comment by: Al. C. on 9th November 2012 at 09:46

Remember well the taste of the chlorine pies in the cafeteria, yummy!

Comment by: Maureen Andrews nee McGovern on 9th November 2012 at 12:38

I loved the place as well..I learned the kids to swim there..I even loved the smell..even years later when I no longer went,I loved going past the vents outside just to smell the memories.

Comment by: David Simm on 9th November 2012 at 13:14

I remember as a school kid going to the old pool just up the street a way, we were so proud of Wigan's "Olympic" size pool when it opened, except that it wasn't quite Olympic, none the less it was a huge source of enjoyment in my teens and twenties.

Comment by: rob on 9th November 2012 at 20:20

Great photo brings back alot of happy memories, i also remember learning to swim here with school, in my opinion this pool was loads better than the new one they have built, it had better seating areas, cafe etc,

Comment by: tony on 9th November 2012 at 22:03

i use to go every week to the old baths and to the new one, i was told it was a metre short and that's why they never used it for big competitions.

Comment by: Gary on 10th November 2012 at 18:37

Horrible building. Typical 1960s poor design. I'm glad it was demolished.

Comment by: Karen on 10th November 2012 at 21:17

Is the bloke on the left hoseing the young lad down?

Comment by: dave seddon on 27th January 2013 at 03:31

i loved the old baths n diving boards they should have refurbised the building as life centre as no atmosphere to it
gary u avnt a clue

Comment by: gazza on 21st August 2013 at 11:48

I was able to go to the baths on a sundays before it was open to the public bak then.....cause me uncle worked there and him and his co workers used to clean the 16 ft area with divin tanks on......use take a few mates it was great havin the whole pool to yourself.....and learned to dive to with air tanks on...but was an eerie place down in the changing rooms on your own or just you and a few mates

Comment by: James Hunter on 5th January 2014 at 09:41

Never have I visited the Life Center yet! It has been standing now for around 2 years and I'm in no hurry to visit there. The old international pool are great memories for me growing up in the late 80's.

Comment by: john griffin on 12th October 2017 at 14:20

My best memory of the international pool was of the first year. On the first Sunday of the start of the Wigan summer holidays I swam the length of the pool underwater.

Comment by: gerard brogan on 13th February 2020 at 15:59

love this pool went every night after school to meet my diving mates fond memories never forgotten

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