Restoration of Kings Meadow Open Air Ladies Baths -1902

Restoration of Kings Meadow Open Air Ladies Baths -1902

Restoration Campaigners Story (quote)

Our Mission is

To Preserve Reading’s Heritage

for the

Generations Past – The Memories

Generations Present – The Preservation

Generations Future – The Heritage

Restoration Kings Meadow Baths
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Quoted from Reading Post: OPINION IN RESPONSE TO READING BOROUGH’S DECISION July 2013

After 12 years…….

“Credit to the Campaign.

There are now five bidders interested in restoring and developing the Kings Meadow Baths. After years of valiantly trying to raise the cash to renovate the building themselves, the volunteers from the the King’s Meadow Campaign are now joined by four new groups after Reading Borough Council put the site back onto the marketin November ’12.

Ideas for the site now variously include a renovated swimming pool, restaurant, cafe, ice rink, function hall, cultural centre, open air theatre and market

Whether the King’s Meadow Campaign ultimately wins the bid remains to be seen.

But its volunteers can take credit for fighting so hard since they got the building Grade II listed back in 2004.

From the bids now on the table it looks clear that the baths will be saved as some sort of cultural space for Reading people. That’s what the campaigners wanted from the start.”

Would it be the “People’s Pool?

Restoration for the crumbling swimming pool
Left to crumble since 1974

 

Restoration - Impatient little swimmers
Queueing children, impatiently waiting for a swim.  To pass the time they ground their pennies into the wall

 

Restoration before the big clean up
Before the big clean up by the Campaigners. 35 years of rubbish and abandonment.

 

Watch this stirring video on “People Comments” page

Opened to the public for the first time since 1974. Many didn’t realise the building was a swimming pool

ARCHIVE: THE STORY OF THE CAMPAIGNERS
LATEST NEWS ON NEXT CHAPTER – RESTORATION DEVELOPMENT.

 

restoration - crest pre 1952
Reading Crest pre 1952. Enlarge

 

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