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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th January 1986 The Wapping dispute begins with 6,000 newspaper workers going on strike after protracted negotiation with their employers, News International breaks down.

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Hornsey Road Baths



Hornsey Road Baths

Landmark Victorian baths building now redeveloped into flats.

Location: Hornsey Road, Islington, London

Description: This building has a special place in London's history, when built in 1895, it was the largest complex of its kind in the UK, with four swimming pools, 125 slipper baths, a public washhouse and laundry.

Today, the listed gatehouse entrance, adorned by a new delightful neon diving lady sign, still turns the heads of passers-by.

The old baths closed in 1991 and fell into dereliction but this historic site has risen from the ashes to become a dashing scheme of 212 homes, a nursery and community space plus 40,000sq ft of new offices for Islington council.

If the gatehouse provides an impressive sense of arrival, the glass atrium formerly the 80ft-high Victorian boiler chimney, now encased in glass as a lobby entrance to new apartment blocks at the rear of the development is the equivalent of a unique art installation. It dissects and towers over the new flats and has been transformed into a beacon of light by clever illumination. Apartments look out over a tree-lined courtyard and manicured gardens and house-hunters can either buy or rent.

After damage during the blitz in 1941 and as a result the main baths were extensively rebuilt during the 1960's, and eventually closed in 1991 due to lack of funds.

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Hornsey Road Baths

Landmark Victorian baths building now redeveloped into flats.


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