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13th September 2009
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 13th September 2009 (12.00-4.00pm).

The open day was very popular, with over 230 people turning up to find out about the building and take the guided tour. Once again we were lucky enough to have good weather. 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 day, 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.

Below are some photos from the day...

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  • Gipton Spa Bath HouseGipton Spa Bath House
  • Entrance to the Bath HouseEntrance to the Bath House
  • Visitors waiting for the free tourVisitors waiting for the free tour
  • Plunge pool - still fed by natural springPlunge pool - still fed by natural spring
  • Home made refreshmentsHome made refreshments
  • FGVW merchandise & Bear Hunt gameFGVW merchandise & Bear Hunt game
  • Vistors learning about the woods & local historyVistors learning about the woods & local history
  • Vistors learning about the woods & local historyVistors learning about the woods & local history

Visitor Book Comments

  • Bath house is lovely and has worn well for its age. Cakes were delicious. Thank you.
  • Fantastic work being done.
  • Very interesting talk.
  • Excellent!
  • Fantastic - lovely to see it open again and to be able to see inside. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
  • What a superb experience! This is great - local history at its best.
  • The bath house is fantastic to look at. I will be bringing my grandchildren next time.
  • Lovely to see inside at last.
  • It's fantastic to see inside a building I've passed so many times. Fascinating.
  • Very informative and interesting.
  • Very interesting.
  • Great to see inside the bath house.
  • Any chance of a hotel being built nearby!
  • Good, could be improved.
  • Very good.
  • Very interesting. Well done for all the hard work.
  • Very interesting.
  • Lovely lemon drizzle cake.
  • Very interesting.
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Enjoyed the trip to se the bath house.
  • Fascinating visit - first time in 25 years!
  • Great idea - thank you.
  • Always intrigued - glad to see it at last.

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