The Ghosts of Govanhill Baths

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Glasgow’s last surviving Edwardian public bathhouse holds a dark secret and things that go bump in the night...

The Edwardian swimming pool opened in 1917, on the eve of the First World War. The foundation stone for the new baths and wash-house was laid by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson.

The public bath house served swimmers, bathers and locals looking to wash their clothes at the steamie.

During World War Two, the pools were drained and it was used as a mortuary to hold the Luftwaffe’s innumerable victims.

And with that gruesome back story, you know it must be home to a ghost or two.

Now semi-derelict and full of dark, quiet corners, it’s a phantom’s paradise; the type of place that makes the hair on your neck stand up.

People have reported the unnerving feeling of being watched and followed through the baths’ dark corridors, as well as unexplained bumps and bangs and a strange mist floating overhead.

And just when you think it’s quiet – perhaps too quiet – there are the strange voices and screams.

And when your nerves are left in tatters, you may glimpse the dark shadow of a man has also been moving around the rooms, whistling an unknow tune...

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