South Bay Pool Scarborough - Page 4

The South Bay Pool Scarborough- Inside The Changing Rooms

The pool was constantly being subjected to deliberate vandalism, which in-spite of the general decay and likely eventual demise of the building, was still tragic to see. I wanted to get into the changing rooms, but I was determined not to commit vandalism or break or remove anything, so it was a matter or waiting for the right opportunity to get in without causing further problems for the building or those charged with maintaining it. In late 1997, I found a missing board over the hole in a door, and was able to get inside. I found myself in the entrance to the men's changing rooms.

Over the next few years, I made several more trips to the interior of the changing room block.

 

Pic 4;1. The left hand end of the external courtyard area of the changing rooms in 1998 - with the left hand staircase up to the cafe to the left of this picture. Male swimmers who were using the changing rooms entered the building through the double doors behind the boards straight ahead. The doors second from right led into the men's toilets. The door at the right led into the pool's main office and ticket window, which I was never able to access. I was able to enter the changing rooms through the lower pink board straight ahead in this picture, which was missing and revealed a hole in the door behind. By the time this picture was taken in 1998, it had been securely re-fastened. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;2. The room behind the boards in pic 4;1 above, viewed from the inside, in 1997. This is the entrance room to the men's changing rooms. The entrance to the men's underground tunnel is to the immediate right of the doors, completely hidden by boards. The panel through which I had originally come is in place here, on this occasion I had probably accessed via the open doors in pic. 4;6. At the left can be seen a doorway with a wash basin just beyond, this is the men's staff room. At the very left edge is the turning into the corridor with showers seen in pic 4;5. The entrance to the locker room (next picture 4;3) was right behind me. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;3. The entrance to the men's locker room, 1997. The corridor with showers and toilets at the end (pic 4;4) is to the right. The chair is an original 1930's Lloyd loom design - there was also an identical chair in the same place outside the women's locker room. It is likely these chairs were still in place from when an attendant had once been positioned at these points - perhaps to check tickets as people went into the locker room. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;4. To the right of the locker room doors was a corridor with shower cubicles on the left. The toilets were round the corner to the right. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;5-4;6. Left; the men's shower cubicles 1997, as seen in pic 4;4, and right, the external toilet doors (see also pic 4;9) when vandals had pulled the boards off, looking into the building from the courtyard, 1998. A toilet cubicle can be seen at the end. This same entrance, boarded up, can be seen in pic 4;1 (second door from right). (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;7. The door seen in pic 4;4, leading into an empty room. The original builders plans show this to have been a bathroom, containing a single bath, which was long gone by the time I visited. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;8. One of two sets of urinals, one for swimmers and one for spectators (shown here). The urinals are of strikingly 1930's design. This might possibly suggest that much of the tiling and other interior features, as well as the urinals, dated from the 1933-34 refit. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;9. The external entrance to the men's toilets, going out onto the courtyard, viewed from inside, 1997. At this time it was still boarded over. The same doorway, from the outside, can be seen in pic 4;6. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic. 4;10. The toilet cubicle (one of several) visible at the end of the corridor in pic 4;6. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;11. A fallen locker in the men's staff room. The double doors in pic 4;9 were just round the corner, through the door and at the right. The entrance to this room can be seen at the left of pic 4;2. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic. 4;12. Sinks opposite the fallen locker. On the left hand side can be seen one of the windows into the courtyard. D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;13. A view across the men's locker room in 1997. At left can be seen a row of collapsing lockers, and a blue bench next to it. The same row of collapsing lockers can be seen through the doorway in pic 4;3. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;14. Men's lockers in 1997. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;15. I managed to get into the women's changing rooms via the underground tunnel in the summer of 1999. Seen here is the women's changing and locker room, looking towards the courtyard entrance. Through the doorway at back left can be seen the entrance room (which like the men's, has a single yellow chair) and to the left of that room is the entrance to the underground tunnel. Around the chair is a length of black cable, the same as can be seen in pic 2;13 of the tunnel. The women's locker room was cluttered with benches which had originally been around the pool, or on top of the changing rooms, as shown in many contemporary photographs. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic. 4;16 The first aid room, which faced out into the central courtyard. The original plans show that this room apparently contained two beds and (perhaps surprisingly) a bath. In the later period, it contained only a bed for serious casualties. Lifeguard Kenneth Blogg recounted one diver who jumped from the high board and landed badly; 'his liquid lunch got the better of him and he over rotated and hit the water flat on his back. He was unconscious, and when I got him out we thought he had split himself open. In fact, blood was seeping through his skin from the impact.' (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;17.Two pictures showing the women's staff room. This is the equivalent of the rooms shown in 4;11 and 4;12 in the men's section. Through the door at left, can be seen the corridor leading from the outside (from the left) to the ladies toilets. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;18. The women's shower cubicles. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;19. The women's changing and locker room in 1999. Changing cubicles can be see at the right. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;20. Lockers in the women's changing rooms, 1999. (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;21. A clothes-drying mangle in the women's changing rooms, 1999 (D Stuart Photography)
Pic 4;22. A view across the men's locker room in 1999. At the back centre, behind the pillar, can just be seen one of the double doors leading into the plant rooms. (D Stuart Photography)

Up next; The Pool's Plant Rooms, Laundry, beach huts and cafe.