When Mr. Caleb Wright conceived the idea of a public swimming baths for Tyldesley, he developed his plans and placed them before the local board. There was a little opposition to them, and it was placed in his and Mr. W. Ramsden’s hands to arrange for a plot of land suitable for the purpose.
The Hon. Stapleton Cotton willingly gave one statute acre, but in consequence of a change in lawyers it lay in abeyance for about three years.
When Mr. Wright had got things settled, he put the whole correspondence before the local board. Strong opposition then arose and when Mr. Wright moved for a vote of thanks to Hon. R.S.W. Cotton for the gift of land, an amendment was proposed that the land should not be accepted. A vote was taken, and the motion was carried by a majority of one. After this, the Board became divided and they went by the name of the Bath and anti-Bath parties.
The Bath party obtained plans, and advertised for tenders for the erection of the baths, but not without the strongest opposition that the anti-Bath party could possibly bring to bear. At subsequent meetings the Bath party always carried their motions by the casting vote of the Chairman.
The baths were eventually erected by the Local Board on land given by the Hon. R.S.W. Cotton, at a cost of about £1,300. The enameled bricks for the interior of the baths were given by W. Ramsden Esq.