10 Year Celebration for Bramley Baths

Published on: February 14th 2023

BRAMLEY Baths is celebrating ten years as a community-led social enterprise this year.

The Grade II listed building is the only remaining Edwardian bath house in Leeds and one of the few remaining in the country.

To mark a decade of being run by the community, they are hosting an event every month throughout the year to mark this fantastic achievement. 

They launched 2023 with a splash at the Big Dip event on New Year’s Day. The Big Dip first began in 2013 to mark Bramley Baths and Community Limited taking the reins from Leeds City Council, making it a fitting start to the anniversary year. 

More than one hundred swimmers jumped into the pool, including cheerleaders, Vikings, Minions, Batman and Robin and even a jellyfish! 

Built in 1904 in response to the cholera outbreak, Bramley Baths was constructed on top of The Globe Foundry, with its landmark, the large Kirkstall brick chimney breast, seen for miles across the city.

It was first used as a washing facility, allowing people to wash, swim and use the Russian Steam Baths – a fashionable and “healthy” pastime for the Edwardians.