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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th May 1959 Johnson and Bart's musical Lock up your daughters, premieres in London

28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)

28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London

28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.

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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