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Table of Contents

Foreword by Rebecca Adlington

Introduction by Keith Ashton

Great Lengths

Before 1846

1846-1870

1870-1901

1901-1918

1918-1945

1945-1970

Post 1970

Adaptive Re-use

Conclusions

Directory

Links and Credits

Index

Postscript by Dr Ian Gordon

About the Author

Simon Inglis has written and contributed to numerous books on the history, architecture and heritage of sport.

Reviews

'Great Lengths is well-researched, extremely informative, and beautifully produced and illustrated. It is an exemplary study of this important building type.' Context 112, November 2009 "Beautifully illustrated, this welcome volume is a revelation on a little known architecural subject" Scotland In Trust Magazine Summer 2009 "Insightfully Written, well-photographed and professionally laid out book", "It delivers on all fronts. There are few faults to be found with this throughly recommended book" Cinematograph, Cinema Heritage Group July 2009 "Another excellent volume in the Played in Britain series, with much to interest everyone, swimmers or not" The Victorian July 2009 "There are many reasons why [this book is] worth buying. First, and simplest, it's the 13th in the English Heritage Played in Britain series, all of which are superb. All working to the broad remit of tracing Britain's sporting and recreational heritage, the books are full of warm nostalgia, but in a serious, meaty way: absorbing detail and fascinating social history. Second, with Great Lengths, authors Dr Ian Gordon an series editor Simon Inglis pull off the usual Played in Britain trick - luring you into their world and making you care as much as they do about something to which you'd barely given a thought before. And third, the quality of the photography is superb.' The Observer 'Impeccably researched, beautifully produced and sumptuously illustrated, this paean to a popular pleasure deserves high praise.' The Independent on Sunday "Elegantly written and beautifully illustrated, Great Lengths evokes the power of historic pools to create a sense of community." Financial Times, March 2009 "Great Lengths works at every level ... I cannot remember when I was more surprised to enjoy a book on a subject that I had never considered ... Once started, you will not put it down and once you have read it you will return again." The Tribune "[Great Lengths] ought to be widely read" Private Eye "Wonderfully evocative, hugely informative and entertaining illustrated history of 'the provision of facilities for swimming' with a resonance far beyond the architecture of 'the baths' into the very heart of Britain's social and cultural history." History Today June 2009 "A fabulous book" Dewsbury Reporter 15.05.09 "Elegantly written and beautifully illustrated, Great Lenths evokes the power of historic pools to crate a sense of community" Financial Times 28.03.09 "Impeccably researched, beautifully produced and sumptuously illustrated, this paean to a popular pleasure deserves high praise." Independent on Sunday 22.03.09 "Beautifully illustrated, this welcome volume is a revelation on a little known architecural subject" Scotland In Trust Magazine Summer 2009

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