In a Sheffield suburb, on some common land lies a Victorian bath house called Birley Spa. The building dates back to 1842-3, when 2nd Earl of Manvers, Charles Herbert Pierrepoint opened the spa house.
A spring high in mineral content feeds the bath house, what locals have been bathing in for years, looking to benefit from the healing properties of the water.
The building is Grade II listed and is complete with plunge pool inside. It is the last remaining Victorian bath house still set in its original grounds in South Yorkshire.
In 1998, the spa received money from the National Lottery Heritage fund to restore the building. Typical of Sheffield Council, they attempted to sell the building and in 2018, putting it up for auction without any public consultation. Fortunately, the sale was postponed after local opposition. I believe that further talks with the community are ongoing. At the moment, the future of the bath house is still unknown.
The bath house is accessible down a small lane, there isn’t much to see and you cannot go inside or see inside of the building. Fingers crossed the building can be saved and some more interpretation can be added as it is a great local asset.
If you would like to help save the bath house, the Friends of Birley Spa welcome donations and support.