You would expect a Grade II building which dates back to the early 1900s to have a long and interesting history, and the York Road library and swimming baths in Leeds has been the victim of everything from years of neglect to being sold off by the local authority at a knocked-down rate, as Thomas Barrett reports… Photos courtesy of Sam Hirst. In the run-up to the 1938 Commonwealth Games in Sydney, (then called the British Empire Games), Doris Storey would take the half-mile walk from Burton’s tailors in Leeds to the York Road library and swimming baths to train. It was a daily ritual that led to a gold medal and legend status in the city. The Grade II Listed building opened its doors in 1904 following a prize-winning design by architect H. Ascough Chapman. It was made up of a 23m pool and lending … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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