I’m just doing a bit of research for my never-ending novel and I came across the wonderful short film celebrating the Mounts Swimming Baths in Northampton Town. The Baths were built in 1936 on the site of the old prison’s recreation ground and are thought to be the only Art Deco baths that are still used in the country.
I’d forgotten all about the giant reliefs of male and female swimmers on the walls to donate the separate changing areas. Some of the detail shown in the film is stunning. We just took it for granted as kids but what a mighty fine place for a swim. And the driving force behind this wonderful project? None other than Basset Locke a local councillor, who’d also had his own home in Derngate remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a far cry from the self-serving gits that run the local council these days.