An Old Diving Bath at the Hollins

Arthur Comfort Drawing

A drawing of an old plunge bath at Hollins, taken from Arthur Comfort's series In & About Our Old Homes

This somewhat exceptional plunge bath is in the grounds of Hollins, Warley. It is reached by several stone steps to the right of which is the roofed and lighted building shown in the drawing. On the left of the steps is an open well, whence water can be let into the bath and drained away at will. A distinguished feature is the quaint old Dutch tile which lines the bath. These blue and white tiles are, for the most part, in good preservation. The date of the construction is uncertain but the character of the exterior is in keeping with that of the house itself and that (following dwellings there of some 400 previously) was erected by Mr John Dearden about 1810. The story goes that when Mr Wm Dearden, a local poet of note, had a school there in the sixties of the last century, the lads had their morning "tub" in the bath. One wonders if they encountered the chill of that spring water from choice!

This image [JNM12.JPG] is taken from The Halifax Weekly Courier

© Malcolm Bull 2022
Revised 16:13 / 19th December 2022 / 3315

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