Some history on Darlaston in the County of Staffordshire
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This photograph was taken not long after the opening of the public baths in June 1938. A contemporary report stated that the building was erected on "an unsightly mound at The Flatts." Costing around £23,000, the baths were officially opened by John Herbert Dudley Ryder, the Earl of Harrowby who, at the time, held the honorary post of Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire. He was accompanied by his wife Mabel, the Countess of Harrowby. A sign in front of the baths informs us that the contractors for the project were Perks and Gould of Bilston. They worked to the plans and designs of Joynson Brothers, the architects. At this time, the bath hall was 125 feet long and 55 feet wide, the pool being 100 feet long and 35 feet wide, the depth varying from three feet at the shallow end to a maximum of nine feet three inches, constructed of reinforced concrete lined with white glazed tiling, holding 133,000 gallons of water. Following the opening ceremony the Earl and Countess, along with dignitaries and council officials, watched a display of rescues by members of the Birmingham branch of the Royal Life-Saving Association, along with a diving exhibition by Tom Scott, the superintendent of Stafford Public Baths and a well-known champion at international and national competitions. There were also handicap races by members of the Walsall and Bloxwich Swimming Clubs.
"Darlaston Amateurs smashed Brereton's unbeaten record of eleven games in cup and league when they defeated them 1-0. After a goalless
first half Mullett scored a great goal to give Darlaston the points. Kingston are back on the goal trail and hit bottom of the table St. George's for seven, with goals
from Weaver, Cooke, Roberts and Meddins. Ashmore Park entertained Etching Hill and were quickly trailing 2-0 from goals by Piggott and Harrison. Richards reduced the
arrears and in a tough second half Sexton scored the equaliser. Chase Terrace O.S. visited North Warwick Colliery in the Fazeley Cup and ran out 4-1 winners."
"Darlaston Amateurs Defeat Brereton"
Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle
October 20th 1967 Page 19