Porchester Centre


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Reference WMO256005

Address:

Porchester Road

London

W2 5HS

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Description: Swimming pool
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The Porchester Centre was built as a public baths and wash-house, 1923-5 by Herbert Shepherd, a local architect for Paddington MB. The Turkish (steam) baths, library and assembly rooms were added in 1927-9. The earlier phase was constructed as a First World War memorial, with large and small pools, a wash-house and a first-floor committee room (now offices). The entrance hall a double-height rectangular space decorated with glazed terracotta, teak woodwork, panelled plasterwork and a marble floor. Against one wall an apsed niche houses a World War I memorial, with above it tiled spandrels decorated with the arms of the Abbey and City of Westminster who once owned the land.
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