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14th September 2008
Gipton Spa Bath House Heritage Open Day

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 Sunday 14th September 2008 (12.00-4.00pm).

The open day was very popular, with an estimated 300-400 people turning up to find out about the building and take the guided tour. Once again we were lucky enough to have reasonable weather, although the ground was a bit soggy underfoot! 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 by way of information displays and fact sheets. The Group was also able to raise money from the sale of merchandise, 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.

Steady stream of visitors The Path was a bit muddy though!
The FGVW tents by Gledhow Valley Rd Home-made refreshments
FGVW display boards & cards stall Everyone enjoying themselves!
During the Bath House tour During the Bath House tour

Visitor Book Comments

  • Keep up the fantastic work.
  • Thank you - I've waited a long time!
  • Thank yoo!
  • Very interesting.
  • Very interesting - thank you very much.
  • Very interesting - thank you.
  • Really interesting. You should sell the water - it's really nice! Thanks.
  • Fantastic work - thanks.
  • Very interesting.
  • Very good.
  • Interesting. I like the Xmas cards.
  • Glad to have such an interesting place to visit with knowledgeable people to answer questions.
  • Great to see after driving past for 30 years!
  • Nice to learn a history to the building. Well worth a visit.
  • Great! Really exciting and good for my Victorian project.
  • Well worth maintaining.
  • Loved the visit.
  • Interesting to see the inside.
  • Very interesting - well done!
  • Fascinating, hidden luxury!
  • Fantastic bath house, good job in restoring it!
  • Very interesting - keep looking after it.
  • Very interesting.
  • Great to see the bath house cleaned up and open.
  • I'm interested in learning more about it.
  • An interesting visit.
  • Great to see in side the bath house.
  • Interesting visit - surprised when I went inside the bath house.
  • Good example of what a small group can do - well done and good luck for the future.
  • I've always wondered what that strange little building was. Thanks to you - now I know!
  • Thanks for giving up your time to show us around.
  • Fantastic - thank you very much. Very informative.
  • Lovely old building - gives you an insight into bathing.
  • Thanks - it was really interesting to see the bath - shame there was no bathing!
  • Learnt more today about Gledhow woods than in the 30 years I have lived here. Thanks.
  • Very interesting tour of the bath house.
  • Really interesting tour. Thanks for the hard work.
  • Interesting. Thank you!
  • Great history lesson of local interest.
  • Fantastic! We love the woods.
  • Amazing! Really cool! Brilliantly kept!
  • Very interesting! Wow!
  • Very interesting - thank you!
  • Very enjoyable - thanks.
  • Never knew that this existed.
  • A real gem of a place.
  • Very nice.
  • Very nice bit of history hidden away in the woods.
  • This place is a real gem for Leeds, and I hope it's still here in another 350 years.
  • Wonderful hidden treasure!

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