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9th-10th September 2006
Gipton Spa Bath House Heritage Open Days

As part of Leeds Heritage Open Days, the Gipton Spa Bath House on Gledhow Valley Road was opened to the public under the supervision of FGVW members on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2006 (2.00-4.00pm).

The open days were very popular, and were lucky to have sunny weather all weekend. Hundreds of people came to find out about the building and take the guided tour (despite the Sunday event clashing with the Robbie Williams concert at Roundhay Park). Many people left comments in the Visitor's Book, and these can be seen at the bottom of this page. You can also find out more about the bath house in the About the Woods section.

The event also helped increase general interest in the area and the Group received promises of support for future Action Mornings. We were also able to raise money from the sale of FGVW merchandise, a "Hunt the Gledhow Valley Bear" game, and from generous visitor donations.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped on the days, those who provided the home-made refreshments, and everyone who came to learn a bit about the history of this little gem of a building.

Waiting to get in to the Bath House During the guided tour
Visiting the FGVW display tents FGVW merchandise
Home-made refreshments Winning a bear
Local history & FGVW information

Visitor Book Comments

  • Very interesting - many thanks.
  • A real gem.
  • I agree. Wonderful!
  • Lovely.
  • Very good tour, very interesting.
  • Should encourage more visitors - to take a dip.
  • At last I have been inside.
  • I've always wanted to visit it! Hoorah!
  • I've always wanted to visit it ...since 1942. Came as a student! I'd like to swim in it!
  • What an amazing little gem. Thank you.
  • Very interesting. Thank you.
  • Most interesting, glad it's still here.
  • Lovely.
  • Fantastic.
  • Very interesting.
  • Fascinating.
  • Wonderful.
  • Absolutely amazing. Thank you.
  • Really interesting. Thank you.
  • Thank you.
  • Very interesting - Thank you.
  • Thanks for re-instating the bath.
  • Very interesting, keep looking after it.
  • Thank you.
  • Excellent.
  • Very interesting, thank you.
  • Cool!
  • Thanks.
  • Takes me back to my childhood.
  • Always wanted to see inside.
  • Great to see the restoration. Well done to all.
  • Thanks.
  • Very informative, thank you.
  • Thank you.
  • Interesting.
  • Very interesting tour.
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Wonderful.
  • Interesting.
  • Interesting.
  • Better than my concert!! (Note: This entry was signed Robbie Williams!)
  • Very interesting.
  • Keep up the good work.
  • Thanks a lot!
  • Loved it!
  • Fascinating - keep up the good work!
  • A great experience!
  • Wonderful. Thanks!
  • Fascinating.
  • Very good - I think you should re-open the spa - people would pay £5 a go!
  • Great experience. Filled in all the gaps in knowledge from when I was a kid. I used to play around here 65 years ago. Very nostalgic! You are doing a great job.
  • Very interesting. Great work!
  • Very interesting.
  • Lots of hard work done.
  • Very interesting.
  • Fascinating - thank you.
  • Lived round here many, many years and never knew what it was. Finally made it!
  • Fab!!
  • Very interesting experience. Thank you.
  • Fantastic to see inside at last.
  • After forty odd years of wondering what lay beyond the door it was highly satisfying to be given a guided tour of a cared for property by the Friends of Gledhow Valley Wood, very good.
  • Very interesting well worth a visit!
  • Very interesting, wonderful talk.
  • As one of your Roundhay Councillors - look forward to attending your next meeting.
  • I've passed nearly every day for 11 years, great to see inside.
  • Enjoyed stonework of Bath House.
  • Really enjoyed. Thanks.
  • Really enjoyed. Thanks.
  • Great to see all the hard work that people put into the woods. Thank you!!
  • Lovely. Thanks for all your hard work.
  • Most interesting.
  • Thanks for all your hard work.
  • Thanks.
  • Thank you for arranging the "open afternoon".
  • Very interesting, thanks.
  • Very interesting.
  • Very interesting. Thank you.
  • Good educational project here - Young Roots/English Heritage/Leeds City Council.
  • Good for you! Member of Gipton Woods, FOGW!
  • Great job, give us a shout if you need a hand.
  • Very interesting.
  • Amazing, we thought it was a sub-station. Very informative. Thank you.

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