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Moseley Road Baths (Public Library and Baths, Balsall Heath) – scaffolding – Balsall Heath Public Baths
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current state of the Moseley Road Baths – with scaffolding
This building on Moseley Road in Balsall Heath was upgraded to Grade II* status in 2004, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Some of the pools are not in use at present. I went here back in the early ’90s with my primary school (it seemed ok back then).
The Moseley Road Baths is listed as the Balsall Heath Public Baths.
It is a Grade II* listed building.
The Free Library opened in 1895, designed by Jethro A. Cossins and Peacock. The Baths were added to the south and opened in 1907 by William Hale and Son, Architect, with Job Cox as Superintendant Engineer and W. & J. Webb as the builders. Red brick with terracotta dressings and slate roof. The LIBRARY consists of a large hall flanked to the north by a prominent entrance tower. EXTERIOR: Flemish and Renaissance details combined with some Arts and Crafts motifs, all lavishly executed in buff terracotta contrasted with red brick walls. Deep terracotta plinth carried up to level of 3 great hall windows with mullioned and double transomed depressed arch lights (leaded with good decorative work to heads). These windows are contained in terracotta banded pier arcade with inner arch in moulded terracotta, spaced terracotta voussoirs carried into brick outer arch. Above the windows the parapeted wall head is raised in terracotta shaped gables with segmental pedimented aedicule niches. Flemish Renaissance doorway at foot of tower with banded bulbous columns, curvilinear terracotta gable-pediment swept above entablature to relief plaque of city arms. The tower rising above has curved chamfer corners with terracotta banding, the crowning clock stage and dome pinnacled short swept spire is entirely terracotta faced with banding, pilasters, cornice and balustraded niches, the spire capped by a miniature cupola. A rich, carefully balanced design, the subtly varied scale within the overall composition highlighted in the small extension with side entrance to the right of the main entrance and in the detailing of the tower. LIBRARY INTERIOR: Aisled hall of 3 bays with square granite columns with pulvinated frieze and egg-and-dart moulding supporting round, keyed arches with moulded voussoirs and panels to the intrados. Above this runs a frieze with youthful figures reading. Brackets support the roof beams and there is a central skylight. The BATHS EXTERIOR follows the same idiom as the library in colour, but with more lavish terracotta decoration to the symmetrical facade, and more conventionally Flemish-Jacobean detail. Three bay centre with oriel below aediculed gable. Ogee heads to lights of mullioned windows. The doorways emphasised by octagonal flanking towers, with oculi and terracotta cupolas. The central doorway has its swept-scrolled pediment surmounted by a large polychrome statuary presentation of the City Arms and on the door lintel is carved WOMEN’S BATHS. The doors at either side are similarly inscribed MEN’S BATHS/FIRST CLASS [right] and MEN’S BATHS/SECOND CLASS [left]. To the rear north side of the baths rises a tall cylindrical chimney stack with deep arcaded neck beneath the crown. BATHS INTERIOR: The slipper baths are to the road front of the building with the swimming pools behind. Entrance to the Ladies’ baths is through the central door and lobby. There are 14 cubicles, the majority of which contain their original slipper bath, 2 lavatories and a cubicle for the attendant with fireplace. There is a pay desk with a segmentally bowed hardwood front and panels of stained glass. The first and second class baths lie to either side of the ladies’ baths and are approached by corridors which both lead to a top-lit lobby with 2 segment-fronted cash desks to receive money for swimming or bathing. There are 10 First class baths and 13 [originally 18] second class baths. Both sets of men’s baths have many of their original bathtubs and hardwood doors with original furniture to the cubicles. The ceilings have decorated basket-arched steel beams to the roofs above which are clerestories. Throughout the slipper baths there is an abundance of tesselated flooring with decorative borders, tiled walls and stained glass quarries to the windows with the original bell pulls and bell indicator boards surviving. The swimming pools are aligned N-S [1st class] and E-W [2nd class]. The first class pool has tiled changing cubicles lining the sides, above which are balconies with bowed iron fronts. The north end has an arcade at balcony level. There are decorated steel basket arches to the roof, below the clerestory and the pool retains its original glazed brick bottom and sides. The second class bath is plainer but has tiled walls, decorated arches, clerestory and glazed bricks to the pool bottom. The boiler and pump rooms have round-arched windows and tiled walls. The first floor is approached by an open well staircase with mahogany hand rail and wrought iron balustrade, the staircase hall having tiled walls, stained glass panels to the windows and a panelled wood ceiling. The boardroom has a decorative truss to the ceiling and bay window. Adjacent to this is the boilerman’s flat. The laundry room has lost its sinks but retains its drying racks and above this the header tank remains in the roof. A commanding group of public buildings in the street picture and epitomising the civic pride of the period with a lavish, complete interior. Source: J. Moth, The City of Birmingham Baths Department 1851-1951, 1951
I took it only for the baths, not the Free Library.
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We had our winter family camping trip together at Kalahari again this year January, but I do not know if we will ever go back. For those of you that do not know, Pam had a traumatic experience at Kalahari, being locked in a glass elevator that had no air holes in it. It lowered her down from the upper deck to the lower deck, and by the time I walked down the stairs, I found a good-Samaritan woman trying to get Pam out banging on the door and pressing the buttons. They keep it nice and warm in there and the glass elevator was even hotter, and I was trying everything to get her out to no avail. It took forever to get any help there and then even the supervisor did not know what to do because they never had anyone stuck before. After experimenting and trying everything many times, we finally got the door open, just as the water park manager came up. This person was only interested in getting his defense ready with his people and would not even talk to us about Pam’s care or blood pressure. I walked Pam to his office and then called for the EMT’s to check her out. She seemed to settle down and we went back out in the park, sat down, and watched the grandchildren. I talked to the front desk manager about the water park manager and at least he slipped a nice apology under our door that night. I could still tell Pam was not herself so Friday morning I left the kids there and I drove her home, as she had a migraine from her blood pressure being up. We got home about noon Friday and she slept most of the day, but then about midnight she woke me up in excruciating pain. I tried to get her in a wheelchair, but she was in so much pain I could not move her. I finally convinced her that we needed an ambulance, and fortunately, my nice neighbor had plowed my driveway, and the ambulance was able to load her in through the garage and take her to Wood County hospital. Her right leg where her new knee was replaced was swollen and red hot all the way to her ankle, and super painful to any touch or movement. They were giving her straight morphine and it did not help at all for the first 24-hours. They finally got Pam’s blood pressure down, and her headache has subsided. They are still pouring antibiotics into her to fight any infection, and treating her for a possible blood clot with CT, MRI scans, she is still in pain, and is now a little less miserable than she was. They think she might have even picked up an alleged germ off the floor at Kalahari through a cut on her foot. You have to remember they keep the place hot all the time, with hundreds and hundreds of people walking around bare-footed, it is suspected to be one huge Petri dish, full of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The photos may look nice, but this is the downside of the whole place. Just remember, you can have a lot of fun at Kalahari, but please take precautions, and protect your feet.
And just so I do not have to repeat it, and probably fifty some friends have privately asked, did they comp us for all the anxiety they put us through? I did not even know what comp meant, and I am not the type to pursue litigation, the answer is NO, they did not give us anything for our trouble, and I paid the entire bill. All I wanted was an apology from the nasty man, and I received that. All these post medical problems you face after going to a place like this, is just something you have to live with on your own. All we can do is keep spreading the word until it hits them in the pocketbook. Then at the end of February, Pam had an allergic reaction to all the antibiotics and we had to rush her to Toledo Hospital. She spent two weeks there and during that time they performed another emergency surgery on her, removing her brand new knee joint they had installed just last fall. She is really laid up now, and we do not know when she will get out. That bug attacked the titanium steel in her new knee joint, and they had to chisel it back out and fill it with some kind of medical cement. She is surviving now that they are giving her plenty of analgesics for the pain. Finally, March 6th, 2011, we got to bring Pamela home this week. The recovery hospital unit they were going to send her to, was full, so since we have our little apartment custom designed like a nursing home with all large three-foot doors, single level floors and ramps, they allowed us to bring her home. Since they removed her new knee joint they put in last September 2010, they just have a block spacer installed there now, and she wears a soft cast so she cannot bend it. Our son customized her recliner chair raising it up about four-inches so she could get up, and then she uses her walker to move around. We have nurses come in daily to check and change the dressing, plus we are still giving her strong IV antibiotics daily, and she has her vicodin as an analgesic so she can tolerate the pain. They are thinking that maybe in May they will be able to reinstall her new knee joint. I told her that is good timing because football tryouts are usually in July. The doctors now tell us if you have replacement joints, stay away from hot tubs and water parks, because they are a disease haven ready to attack your hip, shoulder, or knee joint replacement.
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Anella Olímpica, Barcelona Olympic Park
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The Anella Olímpica, Olympic Ring, is an Olympic Park located in the hill of Montjuïc, Barcelona, that was the main site for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The major facilities consist of the Olympic Stadium, or Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Palau Sant Jordi sports hall, the telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava, the National Physical Education Institute (INEFC) and the Picornell swimming pools. The Joan Antoni Samarach Olympic and Sports Museum is also located in the Olympic Ring.
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