Architectural historian Dr Ian Dungavell took a dip in a Birmingham as he continued his attempt to swim a lap for every year each of England’s listed Victorian and Edwardian public pools have been standing.
In a bid to highlight the importance of historic public swimming pools, the director of national heritage charity the Victorian Society swam 100 lengths at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath. It is the only Grade II* listed Edwardian pool in the country which still welcomes swimmers, but its future has been uncertain for a number of years.
Dr Dungavell said he hoped his visit helped to demonstrate the importance of the pool, while encouraging Birmingham City Council to pledge to maintain the building.
He said: “Moseley Road Baths is the best working Edwardian pool we have left in Britain and should be a source of pride. I hope that highlighting it in this way will encourage more people to use and enjoy it so that it can stay in public use for many years to come.”
On Thursday, Dr Dungavell also swam 104 lengths at Aston University’s Grade II listed Woodcock Centre.
The historian will now visit the five remaining pools on his list of 14, rounding off his challenge with 116 laps at Dulwich Leisure Centre on August 29. By the end of the challenge, he will have covered a distance equivalent to crossing the English Channel.
* Moseley Road Baths feature on Tales From The Country, on ITV1 on Sunday at 5.30pm, with contributions from The Birmingham Post columnist Chris Upton.