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Ironmonger Row Baths Reopen With A Visit From Ellie Simmonds

Zoe Craig
By Zoe Craig Last edited 49 months ago
Ironmonger Row Baths Reopen With A Visit From Ellie Simmonds
A photo of the then-new swimming pool from 1938
A photo of the then-new swimming pool from 1938
The Ironmonger Row Baths from the outside by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
The Ironmonger Row Baths from the outside by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
A fisheye view of the pool by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
A fisheye view of the pool by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
The pool today by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
The pool today by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
Does this view inspire you to try some backstroke, looking up through that glass ceiling? Photo by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
Does this view inspire you to try some backstroke, looking up through that glass ceiling? Photo by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
A gym's a gym, right? But this one looks quite nice. Photo by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com
A gym's a gym, right? But this one looks quite nice. Photo by Ruth Corney www.ruthcorney.com

Islington’s Ironmonger Row swimming pool is reopening today with a visit from Paralympian Ellie Simmonds.

Simmonds, who won two golds at each of the Beijing and London Paralympic Games is taking part in a swimming gala to mark the £16.5m transformation of the 1930s swimming baths.

It’s not the centre’s only Olympic connection; back in 1948, the Ironmonger Row Baths were used as a practice pool for divers ahead of the 1948 London Olympics; at 12ft-deep it was among the deepest pools in the capital at the time.

The Grade-II listed building now offers a pool with a moveable floor, to improve access for learners and disabled people, as well as modern, extended changing rooms, a new gym and a rather swish-looking sauna. The historic Turkish baths have also been restored. It’s a big change for a building that opened as a washhouse in 1931 for local people, 95% of whom didn’t have a bath in their houses.

Next week, the Baths will host various community groups, including local schools, ahead of its full reopening to Joe Public on Saturday 24 November. Look out for more community events, including free swimming and introductory offers for the spa during that first week.

The Ironmonger Row Baths are at 1-11 Ironmonger Row, London, EC1V 3QF and reopen fully to the public on 24 November. Find out more here.

Last Updated 16 November 2012