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KENT STREET BATHS

christy

master brummie
hi,the area where the baths stood..there was 2,large swimming baths..all the land is now a huge car park..very sad..would lov to see any film footage of the baths ..& photos..or any pics,outside..of the streets outside. the baths..regards..christy
 

christy

master brummie
hello..elvis..i remember the turkish baths well..we all went in there for the hot choc,from the machine..we went to Kent st 24/7.. along from the baths, by the British Oak pub..was an Alley way, that sold tea & cakes..it was run by an old lady..did you remember this or have any photos..elvis have you any photos of Kent st baths..my grannys, friend was molly may.. all the best..christy..
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Some of the images in this thread showing the building prior to recent demolition have been lost. The one surviving shows an impressive facade. Could anyone tell me please whether this was a post-war structure.

I'm interested in this because I have always assumed that the prewar building was totally destroyed in the blitz. This was my interpretation of an image which I published in this web page: https://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/DotherReminiscences60ABhamFightingSchool.htm. Please see the panoramic picture towards the bottom of the page. I'd really like to know whether the stated orientation of the view (achieved with a lot of sweat!) is open to any doubt.

Thanks.

Chris
 

elvis

proper brummie kid
dont remember the alleyway christy but after a long day working in the turkish baths we used to go to the pub on the corner of wrentham st to fill up lol
 

elvis

proper brummie kid
what a great pic colin brings back my working day memories a lot of famous people used to use the turkish baths
 

christy

master brummie
this was the way we went in,to kent st..<IMG id=vbattach_83392 class=previewthumb alt="" src="https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=83392&amp;stc=1" attachmentid="83392">
 

christy

master brummie
hi..guys..who remembers molly may..worked at both baths..moseley rd & kent st..is there any film footage,of any of the galas,70s..team comp..or team photos..cheers..christy.
 

mike jenks

master brummie
Ohh Sunday mornings 1955/6/7 we were off around 8.00am from Yardley with the Powers. Bernie ran the Cafe near the Blues Garrison Lane.
We arrived at Kent Street Baths. Fantastic swimming. Soon in their Face afterwards. Happy Days
 

christy

master brummie
Fab set of images there Antoness, I did some work dropping of work here to be repaired, I had no idea who the repair paint shop were ...if there is anyone out there who my k ow plz give us a shout..see if there are more photos out there..
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
glad you like them christy....i think the old photos are a very important part of history because once these old buildings are gone they are gone....photos are all we have left and of course our memories

lyn
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
It's not often you get to see photos of Turkish bath interiors, but here's the lounge of the Kent Street Turkish Bath. Bet the Turkish bath interior was something to be seen. Think I see a set of weighing scales next to the pillar. A rather personal photo really. Sorry no date. Viv.

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chrisy3

master brummie
Has anyone any information of a Gill family that ran a milk round and shop from at least 1861 upto 1930s possibly longer. They lived at 86 Kent Street Birmingham, a Mrs Charlotte Gill appears to have run it all, with son or step son Edwin Gill taking over. Edwin and his wife are shown to own the milk road in 1930.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Sports event of the girls of Edgbaston High School at the baths in June 1939. Viv.

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Image from Birmingham Mail.
 
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