Warrender Swim Centre

(Warrender Baths)

Located on Thirlestane Road in the Marchmont district of Edinburgh, the Warrender Swim Centre (or Warrender Baths) opened as a private bathing club in 1887. A Grade-B listed structure, the building is noted for its Neo-Jacobean exterior and its original pool-side changing facilities. The pool is 22.8m (25 yards) in length. Built by R. Paterson & Son at a cost of £11,000, the centre was opened by local landowner Sir George Warrender (1825 - 1901), who had donated the site on which it was built. Although initially successful, the loss-making baths closed in 1906 but were soon bought by the Edinburgh Corporation for £3000 and became a popular public facility.

Having undergone a £1.6 million refurbishment in 2005, the centre remains home to a Water Polo team and a Swimming Club which has counted Olympic medalists Ellen King (1909-44) and David Wilkie (b.1954) amongst its members.

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