Imagine it filled with water today, providing healthy swimming recreation! The following notice appeared:
“SPRING GARDENS RESERVOIR will be opened as a temporary Swimming Bath on Saturday May 20th 1893.”
Spring Gardens reservoir surround has heavy white engineered sloping tiles. In 1870 it was used for temporary storage for the railway and washing the streets.
The Reservoir was used for swimming whilst awaiting the reopening of the Imperial Baths – Thermal Spa in South Street.
OUTCOME: Present day – drained and a Recreational Ground for the surrounding Estate.
The houses alongside the reservoir to the right will have just about been built with gardens backing on to the reservoir. The remaining area around the reservoir would have been green fields – now a modern housing estate called Spring Terrace.
Reading South Street Baths – 1888
“By the kindness of the Reading Biscuit Company Ltd…The Corp. Of Reading have enabled the opening of the Swimming Baths, South Street (W.H.Simonds)”
The Baths were open for
Women – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Men – Tuesday and Thursday”
Extract from “Kelly’s Directory – Reading.
Arthur C. Collins
Advertisement above from the “Ancient Order of Forestors & delegates Guide to Reading 1888
OUTCOME: Not around. In the area of the present day Arts centre