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12th September 2010
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 12th September 2010 (12.00-4.00pm).

The open day was extremely popular, with around 354 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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  • Visitors waiting for the free tour #1Visitors waiting for the free tour #1
  • Visitors waiting for the free tour #2Visitors waiting for the free tour #2
  • Visitors waiting for the free tour #3Visitors waiting for the free tour #3
  • FGVW volunteer Claire, and our new banner!FGVW volunteer Claire, and our new banner!
  • FGVW volunteer Geoff by the Bath HouseFGVW volunteer Geoff by the Bath House
  • Core Group member Joan by the information boardsCore Group member Joan by the information boards
  • Core Group member Mervyn manning the FGVW shop!Core Group member Mervyn manning the FGVW shop!

Visitor Book Comments

  • Great, thanks for organising.
  • It was very nice.
  • Really fascinating piece of history.
  • Very good.
  • Thank you very much for all your hard work it's much appreciated. The water was cold.
  • Thank you for opening and all your enthusiasm.
  • Good for you! Hope to help.
  • Very interesting. Well done.
  • Very interesting. Great job.
  • I've very much appreciated all your work, particularly as a dog walker!
  • Many thanks for all your hard work it is very much appreciated.
  • Really interesting insight into a piece of local history.
  • I'm pleased that I have finally seen inside - really impressive! Thanks.
  • Very interesting talk - walked past thousands of times and never been!
  • Great.
  • Very interesting, never knew it was here.
  • Never realised this building was baths!!
  • Interesting bath house and talk.
  • Very interesting.
  • A very interesting eye-opener.
  • Excellent visit. Thank you.
  • Very interesting and glad there are groups like FGVW Friends.
  • Very interesting.
  • Brilliant. I wished my pond looked like that. Well looked after.
  • How fascinating! Great to meet FGVW and hear the talk. Thanks.
  • Thank you for organising.
  • Very interesting.
  • A really great day out and very interesting. Enjoyed by our family party ages from 9 to 91!
  • Fascinating - passed this so many times. Great community work. Well done to all.
  • Fascinating.
  • Really interesting - well done to the group for opening it each year!
  • Thank you. I learnt so much. Well done.
  • Thank you so much, I never knew what was behind the walls - now I do!
  • Fantastic opportunity to see the bath house.
  • What a hidden treasure! Thank you for all your hard work.
  • Thank you.
  • Thank you very interesting.
  • Very interesting.
  • Fascinating - thank you for preserving it.
  • Great work. Keep up the excellent effort.
  • Thanks for the upkeep of the woods - excellent.
  • A real historical treasure.
  • Congratulations to all concerned it is delightful. Thank you.
  • Unusual - a real find.
  • Great to finally get to see something on the doorstep.
  • Great to see what's inside after walking past for so many years.
  • A most unusual treasure on my doorstep.
  • Fantastic. It is the first time since 1965 that I've seen inside this wonderful building :o)
  • Great to see some of Leeds history.
  • Very interesting, passed many times.
  • Really interesting! Thank you.
  • Nice to see inside!
  • Very interesting.
  • Great talk and info - thank you!
  • A gem!
  • A real treasure and great info.
  • Brilliant!
  • Fabulous find - well done FGVW!

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